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Capturing the Story in History: a writers’ workshop

  • 18 Oct 2012
  • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • National Museum of Natural History

Capturing the Story in History

Steve Berry

Every day, a page of precious, historically significant ink fades away forever. On October 18, international and New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry and the Smithsonian Libraries will join forces to present a writers’ workshop, Lessons from a Bestseller, to raise funds for the Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation programs at the Smithsonian Libraries to help preserve America’s treasures.

Berry will teach the craft of writing, including story structure, effective dialogue, point of view and his 11 Rules of Writing. The workshop will also include a session on The Business of Publishing by Elizabeth Berry, who will draw on her expertise as the executive director of International Thriller Writers and her work as a literary marketing and sales professional. The Berrys are the founders of History Matters, a foundation dedicated to raising funds for historic preservation and conservation.

The workshop at the National Museum of Natural History will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m followed by a rare books tour of the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History. A reception with Steve Berry will follow from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m in the Evans Gallery of the National Museum of Natural History. All proceeds benefit the Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation Programs at the Smithsonian Libraries.

Cost of the Workshop and Reception: $175.00
Reception only: $75.00

For online registration, please visit

Questions? Please contact the Smithsonian Libraries Development Office at 202-633-2241 or

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