Paul Smith Library plans yearlong writers group

By BARB KREBS 
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If you have been thinking about writing a book, Demi Stevens might have just the program you are looking for.

You are invited to join Stevens, director of Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, for a 12-month journey from concept to published page — or digital page, if you so choose. The first meeting is planned for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 8.

“Even if you are remotely interested, come to the first meeting and see what it is all about,” Stevens said.

Everyone is invited, she added, and those who can’t make the first meeting shouldn’t be discouraged — prospective authors can join throughout the year.

“It would be nice to have people from all around the county and the area,” she said. “All community members are welcome, and no experience is necessary. The only requirement is a willingness to experiment and create something new.”

Daytime and evening writers’ groups will be forming during September and, together, the groups will explore all aspects of the writing and self-publishing process, she said.

Once participants are identified, members may choose to form smaller interest groups or develop a meeting schedule and locations that are mutually agreeable. There will also be an online forum to share works in progress and links to helpful resources and other useful tips.

Specific topics of interest will be discussed in large group meetings offered monthly at the library in Shrewsbury. These topics might include overview of the process, getting started, character and plot development, narrative voice and viewpoint, tension, momentum and climax.

Additional topics might include selecting a title, copy editing and revisions, formatting for print or digital distribution, cover art, publishing an eBook for free with Amazon’s Kindle, publishing a trade paperback for less than $250 with Amazon’s Create Space, and marketing your title online and in the real world.

Seasoned writers and publishing professionals are also invited to join the community and share expertise, she said.

“The culmination of the yearlong project will be a series of meet-the-author visits and book signing events to be slated around the county during fall 2013, featuring all participating authors from the group,” Stevens said.

For details, contact Demi Stevens at 235-4313 or dstevens@yorklibraries.org, or visit www.yearofthebook.wordpress.com. 
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If you go 
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What: Year of the Book, a yearlong writers project
When: The first meeting is 10:30 a.m. Sept. 8
Where: Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 80 Constitution Ave., Shrewsbury
Details: Contact Demi Stevens at 235-4313 or dstevens@yorklibraries.org, or visit www.yearofthebook.wordpress.com 

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3 Responses to Paul Smith Library plans yearlong writers group

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  2. Bill Hesse says:

    I saw your article and I think its a great idea. I am tring to write stories for people of all ages and need some help getting going. Thanks

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