Susan Strecker, the award-winning author of NIGHT BLINDNESS and NOWHERE GIRL (Thomas Dunne Books), will host a three-part writing workshop on April 12, April 24th and May 17th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Writing novels, especially an author’s first, can feel overwhelming and difficult to keep on track and finish.
The first workshop on 4/12 will focus on the seven essential elements of successful books. These include starting the novel with a powerful kicker and including the protagonist’s flaws and poverties. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own work and how it relates to the essential elements of novel writing.
The second workshop on 4/24 will focus on how to avoid common writing mistakes, as well as editing and polishing manuscripts. Topics will include avoiding too much description, cutting unnecessary words, sentences and even characters and identifying plot holes. Group members will be given the chance to share their work, if they wish. Each person will be encouraged to revise a portion of their work after the first workshop and share it with the group during the second.
The final workshop on 5/17 will concentrate on the art of writing a query letter. The group will discuss the best way to approach querying literary agents, as well as the pros and cons of both self-publishing and traditional publishing.
Writers of all experience and ability levels are welcome. Registration is limited to 12 per workshop. You may register for one or all three beginning April 1st.
Please feel free to bring your laptop or a pad and a pencil to take notes and your work to share, if you wish.
Attendance at juvenile programs is limited to children of the age group for which the program is intended and their caregivers.