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Emerging Writers Workshop: A Writer’s Best Practices

Writing is a solitary activity, but sooner or later, an author has to talk to other people. Whether meeting readers in a bookstore or a conference, or hanging out with fans (or potential fans) on social media, its important for writers to make a good impression. In this workshop, Alex Kourvo and Bethany Neal will share some memorable interactions with other authors, admit their own mistakes, and show you the best practices for navigating the world of writers and readers.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere. Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Writing and Publishing Children’s Nonfiction

There’s a world of children’s books beyond picture books and easy stories. Kids also read nonfiction on every topic you can think of. In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be joined by author Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, who has published numerous children’s books on everything from extreme mountain biking to how to start a dog-walking business. Virginia will share tips and tricks for writing the things kids want to know.

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan lives and works in San Diego, CA where she directs the Liberal Studies program at San Diego State University. She writes for the Ann Arbor-based children's non-fiction company Cherry Lake Publishing. The library also has a unique deal with Cherry Lake and our library card holders have access to digital PDF copies of their books.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the Library's imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Living a Writer’s Life

In our fast-paced world, finding time and space to write isn’t easy. Nor is it easy to conquer writer’s block, self-doubt, and distractions. In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will show you how to set up a realistic writing schedule, smash through blocks, and kick self-defeating behaviors to the curb. No matter your obstacles, it is possible to have a balanced, fulfilling writer’s life!

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the Library's imprint Fifth Avenue Press fifthavenue.press.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Bringing Your Poems to the World

Whether it’s poetry meant for publication or poetry meant for a slam competition, there are certain things that set a memorable poem apart. In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be joined by Poet Molly Raynor, who will share tips for researching, writing, and sharing poetry, including how to add unique touches to make your poems stand out.

Molly Raynor has facilitated poetry workshops in prisons, high schools, and teen centers, and traveled the country performing spoken word. Molly co-founded RAW Talent, now the RYSE Center’s Performing Arts Program, which serves youth in Richmond, California. She has published two chapbooks. Molly recently returned to Ann Arbor after 10 years in the Bay Area to replace her mentor, Pioneer English Teacher Jeff Kass, as the Neutral Zone's Literary Arts Program Director.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Bring your work to one of the meet-ups to be in consideration for the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press. fifthavenue.press.

Emerging Writers Workshop: How to Publish and Market Your Indie Book

Self-publishing is all the rage, but once your book is on the shelf (or ebook retailer) how do you let people know about it?

In this workshop, Alex Kourvo and Bethany Neal will be joined by author marketing specialist Leslie McGraw, who will take you through the process of publishing and marketing your indie book. We’ll discuss indie publishing from the first edit to the final upload and then show you how to get your finished book into the hands of eager readers.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Submit it for consideration for the library’s new imprint Fifth Avenue Press: @ fifthavenue.press.

Emerging Writer's Workshop: Publishing: How to Get Your Foot in the Door

Want to get your book published with a big New York publisher or a reputable small press? Confused by the process? Wondering about agents, query letters, and how to write a synopsis? In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will uncover the mysteries of big publishing, and show you the step-by-step process for getting your foot in the door.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writer’s Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Find out more about the Library’s imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Children's Book Week Event: Writing for Children with Author Shutta Crum

Picture books and early chapter books may look simple, but writing them is hard work. In this workshop, Alex Kourvo and Bethany Neal will be joined by children’s book author Shutta Crum to discuss inspiration, the writing process, and how children’s books get published.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Find out more about the Library's imprint Fifth Avenue Press fifthavenue.press.

Emerging Writer's Workshop: Publishing Options

Things are changing in the book world, and writers have more places than ever to publish their work. But which option is best for you? In this workshop, Alex Kourvo and Bethany Neal will discuss the difference between traditional and self-publishing and examine the benefits and drawbacks of each path.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writer’s Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is Meet-Up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Check out our imprint, Fifth Avenue Press.

Emerging Writer's Workshop: Memoir Writing: Turning your Life into Art

By using examples from his own memoir, “Love & Vodka”, R.J. Fox will lead participants through the process of turning real life experiences—both profound and ordinary—into the art of creative non-fiction. R.J. will show you how to use story structure, dialogue and character development to mold your own life story into a compelling memoir.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writer’s Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a Meet-Up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere. Do you have a completed manuscript? Find out more about the library's imprint, Fifth Avenue Press.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Dialogue, Character, and Point of View

Good dialogue is essential to good fiction. It should help reveal character and advance the plot. But how do you make sure your characters say the right thing? In this workshop, Alex Kourvo and Bethany Neal will show you how to write dialogue that helps the action unfold and deepens characterization while sounding natural on the page.​

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a Meet-Up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Do you have a completed manuscript? The library has an imprint, Fifth Avenue Press, and we're looking for local authors!

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