Improving on Reality: Writing Creative Non-fiction or Fiction Based on Real Life People and Events
What is involved in writing non-fiction? How
is it different from fiction and what are some of the things to look out for?
For anyone who wants to write non-fiction, as well as those who have
not touched non-fiction since their last high school book report, John
Reisinger will help make it all clear. He will cover the ins and outs of this
demanding, but rewarding brand of writing including selecting a topic,
researching, organizing, selling and promoting it. If you have an idea for a
non-fiction work, but aren't sure just how to go about it, this is for
The Roaring 20s: High Times and Low Crimes
Were the Roaring 20s really glamorous like The Great Gatsby, an endless round of flappers, speakeasies and jazz? And were gangsters the only ones committing crimes?
John Reisinger, author of the Max Hurlock Roaring 20s Mysteries will show you how Prohibition caused more drinking than ever, and why the era was considered the Golden Age of mysteries. He's discuss some of the sensational real-life crimes that inspired the Max Hurlock Roaring 20s Mysteries.
So grab your raccoon coat, ankle on down and take a load
off while you visit the Jazz Age.
It will be the bee's knees!
The Secrets Behind the Structures
All over the world, from the Great Wall of China to Cinderella's Castle at Disney World are famous structures that have a bizarre and colorful history few know about. Former structural engineer John Reisinger will let you in on some of the little known stories behind some well known structures, including the real reason for the tower on top of the Empire State Building, why you can not see the Great Wall of China from the moon, how the French contrived to keep Hitler from having his picture taken atop the Eiffel Tower, why the Hoover Dam contains miles of water pipes, how a courageous architect saved Chartes Cathedral from destruction, why the London Bridge tourist attraction in Arizona is not the real one, and how balloons were used to lay out the construction of Disney WOrld.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge(s) : The Inside Story
Did you ever wonder
-Why is the Bay Bridge curved at one end? There's a reason.
-Why did they only build two lanes on the first bridge? There's a reason.
-Why do the two bridges look so different? There's a reason.
-And who the heck is William Preston Lane, Jr.,
anyway? There's an answer.
Former engineer John Reisinger will tell the whole twisted story of the poltics, the history, the economics, and, oh yes, the practical reasons for how the bridges came to be, and how they wound up the way they are today.
No DNA? No
Problem!: Real life crimes solved by smart detectives
and unusual methods
With so many CSI programs on TV, many people think solving a crime is simply a matter of matching up DNA samples, but this presentation looks at other, simpler methods that have yielded big dividends in real cases. Detectives in these cases used. psychology, metalurgy, botany, local knowledge, and plain old shoe leather to get their man. Hear how a college professor solved the last great western train robbery with a microscope and a pair of dirty overalls, how police tried to use photography to track Jack the Ripper, how a killer was caught with a coffee stain, and how a botanist trapped a murderer with some weeds.
Rooms of Doom: Real-Life Locked Room Mysteries
Ever since Edgar Allan Poe Murders in the Rue Morgue, just about every fictional detective has encountered an impossible crime in which a corpse is discovered in a locked and sealed room. Locked room mysteries make for entertaining reading, but do they ever happen in real life? Elementary; they do. Here are some locked room crimes that bedeviled police. Some were solved, but some were not. In one case, the victim was a mystery author!
Writing is the Easy Part: Getting published in spite of everything
Many writers worry about where their work is coming from when they should be asking where is it going. What is really involved in getting your work published? Are publishers just itching to grab your masterpiece or will you meet with a collective yawn? For local author John Reisinger it took five years and three broken contracts before Master Detective saw the light of day. Hear the exciting story of the slush pile, the publisher who went to jail, the agent who was looking for a Pulitzer Prize winner, the mysteries of the query letter, and all the ways a work can get rejected. Learn what to do and what not to.
Engineering: What is it and why should you care?
Engineering is using scientific principles and ingenuity to make the world a better place. But that's just the beginning. Find out why the towers of the Verazzano Narrows bridge are not parallel, how engineering designed the Skipjack, why there are miles of pipes buried in the concrete of Hoover Dam, why structures in the Arctic need ventilation below them, how a huge lump of concrete helps the Knapp's Narrows bridge be the busiest drawbridge in America, why there is no Outer Harbor Tunnel in Baltimore, and how engineers used balloons to bring telephone service to an African nation.