Creative writing program draws author Scott Turow for visit

Friday, January 20, 2012 | 5:45 p.m. CST; updated 9:07 p.m. CST, Friday, January 20, 2012

COLUMBIA — Best-selling author Scott Turow will visit Columbia in February for the Creative Writing Program Reading Series.

The creative writing program at MU is sponsoring this year-long series. Turow has been invited to speak on Feb. 3 as the John William Proctor Distinguished Author. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Benton Bingham Room of Memorial Union at MU.

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What: Creative Writing Program Series

Who: Best-selling author Scott Turow

When: 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3

Where: Benton Bingham Room in Memorial Union at MU

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Turow specializes in mystery suspense stories and has published nine best-selling fiction novels. He also works as an attorney and contributes other writing to publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Some of Turow’s most notable works include the first novel he wrote, “Presumed Innocent,” and its sequel, “Innocent.” He has received multiple literary awards, including the Heartland Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.  His stories have been translated into more than 25 languages, selling more than 25 million copies worldwide.

Speer Morgan, the director of MU’s creative writing program, is a friend of Turow.  

“We haven’t seen each other for years, so it’s fun to see him again,” Morgan said.

Writing wasn’t always part of Turow’s plans.

“When he quit Stanford, he decided he didn’t want to be a writer, that it wouldn’t be worth it,” he said of Turow. “After his first year of law school he wrote this book, ‘One L,’ about his first year. Law students love it, and everyone reads it.”

Turow now writes consistently while maintaining his job as an attorney at SNR Denton in Chicago, following both of his passions.

“He’s doing this (event) as a favor,” Morgan said. “…he spends a lot of time doing pro bono, including his law work.”

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