Writer's Workshop

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Plymouth District Library
Waldorf/Dunning Room (1&2)

Event Details

9:30-9:55am: Sign-in & Refreshments

10am Session:
Poetry with Joy Gaines-Friedler, or
The Essential Art of Character Development in Fiction with Mike Ball

11am Session:
Memoir Writing with Nancy Owen Nelson, or
Publishing in the Modern Age with Dorene O'Brien

12-12:30pm: Open Discussion, Evaluation, Book Sales

Handouts for all four sessions will be available to all participants.

Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Our intent is to facilitate development of skills, share resources, and provide support and networking opportunities for local existing & aspiring authors.


PoetryJoy Gaines-Friedler, MFA, Author, Educator.
Review several poems and discuss their craft and why poetry matters.  Focus is placed on three aspects of lyric poems: images, music (the line) and story.


The Essential Art of Character Development in FictionMike Ball, Humorist, Author, Singer-Songwriter.
Learn about key things to keep in mind when creating characters, deadly sins to avoid, and a few sneaky tips of the trade, all of which will help make your fiction come alive.


Writing a MemoirNancy Owen Nelson, Author, Editor, Educator.
Discussion includes memoir as creative non-fiction, getting started, organizational structure, and naming conventions.


Publishing in the Modern AgeDorene O’Brien, Author, Educator.
Discussion includes manuscript formatting, components of a good query letter, the agent search, and a variety of publication platforms (commercial, university, independent, boutique, electronic & self-publishing).

Event Type(s): Adult
Age Group(s): Adults, Seniors
Marjorie Sadler
(734) 453-0750 ext. 205

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