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Storytelling & Publishing Source Code Zoom Seminar with Rob Hart, Sunday, February 19th, 2023
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Storytelling & Publishing Source Code Zoom Seminar with Rob Hart, Sunday, February 19th, 2023

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Sunday, February 19th, 2023

Live Seminar Via Zoom 1:00PM – 3:30PM CST

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Led by Rob Hart, the author of six novels, the short story collection Take-Out, Scott Free with James Patterson, and a Star Wars short story. His novel, The Warehouse, sold in more than 20 countries and was optioned for film by Ron Howard. His most recent novel, The Paradox Hotel, was published in February 2022.

There’s a source code to telling a good story. Basic tenets that, once you see them, you can never un-see. Let Rob Hart open your eyes in this one-time class.

Storytelling Source Code is about how to build better reading, research, outlining, and writing habits—so you can build a strong, successful process and recognize the nuts and bolts of storytelling.

In this seminar, Rob will cover how to move through the publishing world with realistic expectations and set yourself up for success so you can get onto a path toward publication. Rob will call on his experience as a writer and editor to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to launch a career in publishing.

With the help of this seminar, you will build better writing habits and learn that every process is unique and most writing advice needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

Also, we'll cover the basics of finding a supportive writing community, moving through the publishing world more confidently, and building better reading habits that will inform your work.

A Q&A will follow Rob's presentation.


  • Learn the difference between having a good idea and a good character
  • Find out how to underpin your idea with good research and worldbuilding
  • Learn how to build out a roadmap or blueprint for your story
  • Learn how to structure a story and build your writing and editorial process
  • Either sharpen your work in progress or start a brand new project
  • Understand the publishing process more fully


  • You're writing fiction at any level
  • You're starting a new project or need encouragement for your work-in-progress
  • You're finding the constraints of your current writing practice too limiting.


The Big Idea helped me kickstart my next novel project. I came in with a concept and left with a first chapter and clear idea of where my story needed to go next.” —Amanda B.

"Rob did a great job of telling us how to set priorities in the right order. If you've got a big, sprawling idea but can't quite "see" all of it, I would take this class. Also, the feedback from classmates was great. It actually helped that many did not write in my genre. They provided a fresh set of eyes." —Hugh L.

"Rob's class is engaging, interesting, and helps wrangle the process of starting a project into a manageable framework. He's a friendly and encouraging teacher who helps you develop your idea into an exciting new story." —Kyle M.

"In a matter of weeks, Rob helped me to look at my idea from angles I’d never considered, then to reshape it into a solid, marketable concept I couldn’t wait to start drafting." — Dan J. Fiore

"It is no longer sufficient to write a book as good as something that’s already been published if you want to succeed. Your story has to be fresh, new and different. Rob Hart’s Big Idea guides the way to developing the kind of story that will command attention." —Keenan Powell, Agatha-nominated, Lefty-nominated, and Silver Falchion Finalist author of the Maeve Malloy series


This class will meet via Zoom on Sunday, February 19th, 2023 from 1:00PM CST - 3:30PM CST


You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Rob Hart | Live via Zoom

  • Sunday, February 19th, 2023 | 1:00PM – 3:30PM CST

  • Seminar is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom

Instructor Rob Hart is the author of The Warehouse, which sold in more than 20 languages and was optioned for film by Ron Howard.

He also wrote the Ash McKenna crime series, which wrapped in July 2018 with Potter’s Field. Other entries include: New Yorked, which was nominated for an Anthony Award for Best First Novel, as well as City of Rose, South Village, and The Woman from Prague. He also wrote the short story collection Take-Out, and co-wrote Scott Free with James Patterson.

Rob is the former publisher for and the current class director at LitReactor. He has also worked as a political reporter and the communications director for a politician, and was a commissioner for the city of New York.

Rob’s short stories have appeared in publications like Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, All Due Respect, Thuglit, Needle, Helix Literary Magazine, Mystery Tribune, and Joyland. He received a Derringer Award nomination for best flash fiction story for “Foodies”, and his short story “Take-Out” appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2018. He received honorable mention in both Best American Mystery Stories 2015 and 2017. He also wrote “Due on Batuu”, a short story set in the Star Wars universe, as part of From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back.

Non-fiction articles have been featured at sites like LitReactor, Salon, The Daily Beast, Criminal Element, The Literary Hub, Birth.Movies.Death, and Electric Literature.

His latest novel, published by Ballantine on February 22, 2022, is The Paradox Hotel. He lives in Staten Island, N.Y.