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 currently at work on the third book in his 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 two books in this series are The Forest Laird and The Renegade. The third, The Guardian, will be out November 4. SiWC attendees will get to see it early!


SiWC Workshops

Sunday 11:00am

Action scenes, whether they show epic battles or solo weapon practice, are always about more than the physical choreography. As much fun as fights may be to write, they have to move the story forward. In this session, Jack Whyte discusses the ins and outs of writing action choreography that flows seamlessly and keeps the story moving, too.

Thursday 1:30pm

Jack Whyte returns to offer one of our most requested master classes: manuscript critique. Participants submit three manuscript pages for copying and sharing with the group. Class time is spent getting Jack's feedback and having group discussion aimed at improving, tightening, tearing apart, and putting back together everyone's submissions to make them stronger. This class is limited to 13 participants and always sells out, so register early.

Saturday 1:30pm

Back by popular demand, SiWC Idol offers a peek into the minds of agents facing the slush pile. Anonymously submit the opening page of your manuscript if you like or simply listen and learn. The inimitable Jack Whyte reads at random from the submissions pile until our agents stop him when they’d have stopped reading in their offices and then they tell us why. Or maybe, if you're really lucky, they ask for more. This is a tough, subjective assessment and a great learning experience. NB Submitted pages will not be returned, but will be recycled.


FAQ: One page, double-spaced, in a readable 12-pt font will be accepted at the front of the room at the beginning of SiWC Idol only. Submissions will not be accepted at any other time or in any other place, including our registration desk. Submissions left at registration will be recycled when received. 

Friday 3:30pm

The historical fiction panel is an SiWC tradition. Our bestselling panelists and moderator know not only what life was like in the time periods and places in history in which they’ve immersed themselves, but how to write about it so that they avoid sounding like that boring professor whose classes you slept through when you bothered to attend at all. Come learn their secrets and enjoy their stories, too.