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January - March 2013     VOLUME 17 ISSUE 1
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Local Authors Enjoy Writing Workshop

Leesburg Public Library
Carol Anderson

     Writers and aspiring writers enjoyed two wonderful presentations at the Leesburg Public Library on Saturday, December 1, 2012.  During the morning session author, publisher, and former agent Joan P. West, Ph.D., shared tips and publishing options from her experiences and her two books, An Agent Speaks: A Primer for Unpublished Writers and A Publisher Speaks:  Helping Writers Succeed.  Attendees learned about traditional publishing houses, self-publishing, literary agents, editors, how to propose a book and how to package it for marketing.  Questions and lively discussion were encouraged while everyone enjoyed refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.

     Darlin Neal, Ph.D., award winning author and UCF Assistant Professor, conducted the afternoon session entitled Inhabiting Story:  Story Starters.  Participants followed suggestions and tips from Dr. Neal to generate stories which were then shared with the group under Dr. Neal's guidance and encouragement.  Special focus was given to story openings and how to establish point of view and setting.  The authors' writing workshop was sponsored by the Friends of the Leesburg Library and the Lake County Library System.  Attendees were very enthusiastic in their praise of the day's offerings and experiences.