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For immediate release - February 18, 2014

Writing Workshops @ the BookFest

The Lake County Library System’s 11th annual Lake BookFest, Delicious Reads, will include FREE writing workshops for beginning to seasoned writers! On Wednesday, March 12 from 2-4 p.m. in the W. T. Bland Public Library we have Authors "Going Rogue": Why some authors have left traditional publishing for the wild world of DIY (do it yourself). Mystery Writers of America Authors, Julie Compton, Vicki Landis, Ann Meier will focus on the two most prevalent—traditional publishing and self-publishing—as well as the respective pros and cons. How much can you realistically expect to make? Is it worth the effort? Can you really create a career publishing on your own?

Thursday, March 13 from 5-7 p.m. in the Astor County Library we have Part-Time Writer - A Workshop for the Rest of Us with Chris Tozier. Do you have a full-time job? Kids? How do you pursue your dream of being a writer when you barely have time to relax? Topics covered will include using your time most effectively, publishing with or without an agent and how to build your brand.

Friday, March 14 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. the Fruitland Park Library will host How to Get Published with MWA President – elect, Nancy J. Cohen. You’ve finished a novel. Now what? Do you need an agent? How do you find a publisher? Should you go the self-publishing route? What are the choices in today’s market?

Saturday, March 15 from 10a.m. –3 p.m. the W. T. Bland Public Library will host a full day of free writing workshops with a light lunch included.

At 10 a.m. Elaine Viets will cover Mystery Writing - the Basics: Anything You Were Afraid to Ask about Writing Your Mystery. How do I write a query letter? What should I say? Do I need an agent? How long should I wait after I sent my query to an agent? Elaine Viets will answer these and other questions about getting started in traditional publishing, with sample letters and other useful tips.

At 11 a.m. Nancy J. Cohen will present Plotting Made Perfect. Readers of mysteries and thrillers like tightly-plotted narratives, clever red herrings, and a certain element of surprise. What is the most important aspect of a good mystery? Is it the ingenuity of the crime, the unraveling of the clues? Learn about using these aspects in your whodunit or crime story.

12 p.m. Deborah Sharp offers Settings that Sizzle. Like the main character in her humorous "Mace Bauer Mysteries," Deborah’s family roots were set in Florida long before Walt Disney and "Miami Vice" came to define the state. As a Florida native, and a former, longtime reporter for USA Today, she knows every burg and back road. And now, Himmarshee, her own tiny slice of "Authentic Florida" utilizes that vast knowledge.

1 p.m. Robin Burcell discusses her skills in Forensics and Fiction. Her new series is about FBI forensic artist and agent, Sydney Fitzpatrick. An FBI Academy-trained forensic artist, Robin’s own drawings have been used to solve a number of crimes, including homicides, bank robberies and hate crimes.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon, the Cooper Memorial Library will host our Canadian masters, Vicki Delany, CB Forrest, RJ Harlick and The Art of Character - Creating Memorable Characters. From your hero to your villain to your comedic relief, characters are what every story is all about. Learn the key questions to ask yourself when you start creating the people that populate your fiction, how to develop them in a dynamic, dramatic way, and of course, what to do with them once you’ve got them.

For additional information on the BookFest please check our website

Pictured author Julie Compton


Media contact:
Judy Buckland
Program Coordinator

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