Ken Pelham
Ken Pelham


The secret to crafting a successful plot-driven story is simple; start strong, stay strong, and end strong. Sounds simple enough, right? This presentation will zero in on the ending, the climax of the story. A story that hooks and keeps a reader and then just sort of peters out at the end leaves her unsatisfied.

Memorable endings seldom happen by accident. There’s a process in getting there and then getting through that last sequence that leaves the reader saying, “Wow!”

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How to tie up loose ends and resolve all story lines
  • How to ratchet a story arc up one more notch
  • How to surprise ‘em one more time

Ken Pelham’s debut novel, Brigands Key, won the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Award, was published in hardcover in 2012, in softcover in 2014, and in audiobook in 2015. The prequel, Place of Fear, a 2012 first-place winner of the RPLA, was released in 2013. His nonfiction book, Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A Writer’s Guide to Mastering Viewpoint, was named the RPLA 2015 Published Book of the Year.

Ken grew up in Immokalee, and lives with his wife, Laura, in Maitland, Florida. A member of the International Thriller Writers and the FWA, he’s sometimes spotted cycling, fishing, or scuba diving, seldom simultaneously.

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