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 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).
Sunday April 22 (2-4pm, High Point Public Library)
How are you coming with your writing? And what do you need to help fulfill your New Year‘s writing resolution? This month we'll be hosting a roundtable discussion minus the round table. Ask questions, give news, and discuss whatever next step lies in front of you, whether on the craft of writing or the business of getting published.
Sunday May 20 (2-4pm, High Point Public Library)
INDIE & TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING TODAY
This month's program will be presented by two visiting authors:
- Jenny Milchman, nationally known mystery writer, winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award for best suspense novel of the year for Cover of Snow, her first thriller; and Ruin Falls, which made Suspense Magazine’s Top Ten list for 2014. She is touring the US with her 4th thriller, Wicked River (out May 1).
She’ll be interviewed by:
- Suzanne Adair, guest author from our sister chapter, Triangle SinC, whose mysteries take readers back in time to the Southern theater of the American Revolution, bringing to life historic towns, battles, and people. Revolutionary War reenactments help fuel her creativity, as does visiting historic sites. Book 4 of her Michael Stoddard American Revolution Mystery series, Killer Debt, will be released May 9 following a crowdfunding campaign during March 2018.