Writer’s Workshop

Saturday, September 14, 9:30am – 12:30pm
To facilitate development of skills, share resources, and provide support and networking opportunities for local existing & aspiring authors.

9:30-9:55am: Sign-in & Refreshments

10am Session:
Poetry with Joy Gaines-Friedler, or
Character Development with Mike Ball

11am Session:
Memoir Writing with Nancy Owen Nelson, or
Publishing with Dorene O’Brien

12-12:30pm: Conversation, Evaluation, Book Sales

Register Online.


Joy Gaines-Friedler, MFA, Author, Educator

Review several poems and discuss their craft and why poetry matters. Focus is placed on three aspects of lyric poems: images, music (the line) and story.

The Essential Art of Character Development in Fiction
Mike Ball, Humorist, Author, Singer-Songwriter
Learn about key things to keep in mind when creating characters, deadly sins to avoid, and a few sneaky tips of the trade, all of which will help make your fiction come alive.

Writing a Memoir
Nancy Owen Nelson, Author, Editor, Educator

Discussion includes memoir as creative non-fiction, getting started, organizational structure, and naming conventions.

Publishing in the Modern Age
Dorene O’Brien, Author, Educator

Discussion includes manuscript formatting, components of a good query letter, the agent search, and a variety of publication platforms (commercial, university, independent, boutique, electronic & self-publishing).

Handouts for all four sessions will be available to all participants.
Sponsored by Friends of the Library.