The fiction writer’s task is to choose the most telling moments of a lifetime, and so probe and distill and dramatize those moments that each becomes palpable to the reader, by which experience we, the reader, will not only feel but ultimately know another life. We will know, through a collusion of the writer’s words and our own imagination, what we can never know in the flesh. We will know what it is like to live inside the skin and inside the heart of another human being. 

If in real life we must each be separate and alone, we can, through good writing, while immersed in the solitary act of reading, merge our consciousness with another’s.

 

 All artistic disciplines allow their audiences to eavesdrop on the experiences of others, but only fiction writing closes the distance between observer and participant, brings them not only together, puts them not merely face to face, but takes them deep inside each other. 

~  Randall Silvis

The fiction writer’s task is to choose the most telling moments of a lifetime, and so probe and distill and dramatize those moments that each becomes palpable to the reader, by which experience we, the reader, will not only feel but ultimately know another life. We will know, through a collusion of the writer’s words and our own imagination, what we can never know in the flesh. We will know what it is like to live inside the skin and inside the heart of another human being. 

If in real life we must each be separate and alone, we can, through good writing, while immersed in the solitary act of reading, merge our consciousness with another’s.

 

 All artistic disciplines allow their audiences to eavesdrop on the experiences of others, but only fiction writing closes the distance between observer and participant, brings them not only together, puts them not merely face to face, but takes them deep inside each other. 

~  Randall Silvis

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"Well-crafted prose, smart dialogue, and complex characters create a chilling thriller."  ~ Mary Burton, New York Times and USA Today best selling author 

In the highly-anticipated fourth installment in his critically-acclaimed series, Randall Silvis returns with a case that might break Ryan DeMarco for good.

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In the highly-anticipated fourth installment in his critically-acclaimed series, Randall Silvis returns with a case that might break Ryan DeMarco for good.

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"Well-crafted prose, smart dialogue, and complex characters create a chilling thriller."  ~ Mary Burton, New York Times and

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“Poetically written, finely-wrought, richly imagined...a literary thriller of the first order. Randall Silvis gets to the hearts and souls of his characters like few other, if any, novelists.”  ~ New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart

“Poetically written, finely-wrought, richly imagined...a literary thriller of the first order. Randall Silvis gets to the hearts and souls of his characters like few other, if any, novelists.”  ~ New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart

“A masterpiece...a work of genius, a novel so filled with such immense imagery and strength as to make you catch your breath.”  ~ Over My Dead Body Magazine

“Randall Silvis raises the bar so high that after him it’s difficult to read anything else.” ~ BG Storyteller

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“Poetically written, finely-wrought, richly imagined...a literary thriller of the first order. Randall Silvis gets to the hearts and souls of his characters like few other, if any, novelists.”  ~ New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart

There are good reasons to fear the dark.

The Ryan DeMarco Mystery Series

        Finding the story has always been the hardest part of writing for me. Once there is a story to tell, a discernible trajectory of movement from beginning to end, the words come easily, characters materialize full-blown and go about their business, the scenes paint themselves. But until there is a story complete with its set-up, conflicts and resolution, I feel a bit like an archaeologist — a profession I sometimes wish I had pursued — working long hours in the hardscrabble and sun, sifting through ton after ton of lifeless dirt, chipping away at silent rock. It is tedious and worrisome work, this methodical excavation of the possible, this carting away of the probably not. It keeps me awake at night and frazzles every day. 
       But when the first splinter of bone finally appears, that first fragment of story, all the tedium evaporates in a whoosh of exhilaration. And if you are lucky and digging in the right place, the fragments of story will slowly accumulate, and all through your waking and some of your sleeping hours you will piece them together. Until miraculously, one morning or afternoon when you do not expect it, the bones will start singing to you, telling their tale. For a writer there is no greater joy than the joy of hearing this song. 

~Randall Silvis           

Randall Silvis

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Residency Dates: February 21, 2021 - March 13, 2021


Application Deadline: September 20, 2020


We are very hopeful that we will be able to hold this Residency and have waived the application fee. Also, due to COVID-19 and the immense stress it has put on artists, ACA will be offering full scholarships to accepted artists who qualify. The Board of Trustees and staff feel protecting our core mission is paramount, and are grateful to the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation for allowing us to make this commitment to funding exceptional artists during these times.

Randall Silvis is a Pabst Endowed Chair for Master Writers

The fiction writer’s task is to choose the most telling moments of a lifetime, and so probe and distill and dramatize those moments that each becomes palpable to the reader, by which experience we, the reader, will not only feel but ultimately know another life. We will know, through a collusion of the writer’s words and our own imagination, what we can never know in the flesh. We will know what it is like to live inside the skin and inside the heart of another human being.

If in real life we must each be separate and alone, we can, through good writing, while immersed in the solitary act of reading, merge our consciousness with another’s.

All artistic disciplines allow their audiences to eavesdrop on the experiences of others, but only fiction writing closes the distance between observer and participant, brings them not only together, puts them not merely face to face, but takes them deep inside each other.

~ Randall Silvis

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