H. Lee Barnes


H. Lee Barnes is the author of eight books: three collections of short stories, two novels, a memoir, and a creative nonfiction book that tells the stories of casino dealers. Cold Deck, a casino novel, was released by the University of Nevada Press in the spring of 2013. Lee received his MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University and teaches English and fiction writing at the College of Southern Nevada. He has received numerous awards for his writing. In 2009, he was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and in 2013, he received an Excellence in Arts award from the Vietnam Veterans of America.

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In a presentation illustrated with readings both from his own writings, as well as those of other authors, author H. Lee Barnes explores how Nevada’s history and colorful characters have influenced a range of literary works. Barnes also offers guidance as to how fellow writers – from novice to experienced – might explore the potential of Silver State as a setting for both fiction and nonfiction.

Among the topics he covers are: how to use the landscape and the urban environment as settings; how to incorporate major historical events, such as the Goldfield boom and the MGM Fire, as plot elements; and how real-life characters, such as Benny Binion and Wyatt Earp, can be reshaped for use in a fictional world.

Appropriate Audience: Adults; students aged 16 and older.

Duration: 1-2 hours. Please discuss the appropriate length for your organization with the Presenter.

Presenter Requirements: 

  • Lectern

Categories: Literature, Nevada, Creative workshop