Jack Whyte


When Jack Whyte figured out how the young Arthur pulled the sword out of the stone, he never imagined the revelation would lead to a long and successful career as a novelist. Twenty years after emerging from his basement with three completed manuscripts and no idea he'd ever get them published, he's the author of a much-loved, nine-book cycle of novels on the Arthurian legend and a highly successful, internationally-published trilogy on the history of the Knights Templar. He's now working on a trilogy of novels set in his native Scotland in the 14th Century, and dealing with Scotland's (and his own) three greatest heroes — William Wallace, (The Braveheart), King Robert the Bruce, and Sir James (the Black) Douglas. The first of these books, THE FOREST LAIRD, was released in 2010; the second, RENEGADE, will be out later this year.

Jack Whyte

SiWC Workshops

Thursday 1:30pm

The benefits of a genuine critique. Participants will be asked to send in three pages of their most troublesome areas for photocopying and sharing with classmates. We will look at as many of these submissions as time allows in this hands-on class as well as discussing general ways to make your manuscript as strong as possible before submission. This class is limited to 15 participants. ****THIS CLASS IS FULL****



Friday 3:30pm

Join our esteemed panel of writers whose historical interests span nearly two thousand years of human experience.

Saturday 1:30pm

Our most popular session is back! Sometimes brutal, sometimes thrilling, always a great learning experience, SiWC Idol gives you a first-hand look at how agents react when they read the opening page of a submission.

Volunteers submit first pages anonymously for random selection to be read aloud by our host, the inimitable Jack Whyte. Our panel stops the reading when they would stop reading the submission and tells you why, something you'll never know from a "not right for me" rejection letter.

Submissions of first pages can only be handed in at the workshop, and will be selected in random order. They will not be returned, and not all submitted openings will be read.