Open to writers and readers of all genres! Drop in to our free writing-related programs, held most often on Sunday afternoons from 2-4pm at the High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street, High Point, NC 27262 (map). Doors open at 1:30. On occasion, we do hold events elsewhere in the area, and on other days of the week.
Sunday January 21 (2-4pm, High Point Public Library)
WRITING DIALOGUE EDITORS LOVE
This first program of the year is part of our continuing series on the craft of writing. Chris Roerden has been a book editor for 50+ years. She is also a past university writing instructor, presenter of workshops and classes in 3 countries, ghostwriter and author of 11 books, notably Don't Murder Your Mystery, Agatha Award-winner, and Don't Sabotage Your Submission, Benjamin Franklin Award-winner.
Sunday February 18 (2-4pm, High Point Public Library)
ALL WRITERS SPEAK FOR A LIVING
All writers speak for a living, beginning when you first deliver your "elevator speech" to every agent and publishing pro you meet. Lauren Combs, AUD, professionally trained in speaking clearly, will work individually with writers, published or not yet, to identify the habits that can hold you back, such as how not to drop your voice at the ends of your sentences. Learn to become an effective professional advocate for your writing.
Sunday March 18 (2-4pm, High Point Public Library)
WRITING THE QUERY LETTER
Literary agents, and acquiring editors at publishing houses, have come to expect a specific type of first contact communication from prospective authors: the query letter. Victoria Gilbert will help us understand how to write for this business-focused audience. Her own querying skills helped land her a 3-book deal for her new Blue Ridge Library Mystery Series. The just-released first title, A Murder for the Books, was selected by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance for its coveted Okra Picks distinction! Gilbert holds a BA in Theatre, an MA in Library Science, and a second MA in Liberal Studies, and has worked as a reference librarian, research librarian, and library director (her use of research in building a mystery is masterful).