Write On! Daily Zoom Writing Group

Get in the writing habit by joining writers and authors around the country and the world! We write until 7:30am, touch base to troubleshoot and make sure everyone’s making good progress, then for those who can, we write until 8am and go about the rest of our day a little more inspired and accomplished as a result. Shannon is always available in the chat to help you get out of the corners you may inevitably paint yourself into! The Zoom information is posted in our Facebook Events listing daily.

Write On! Daily Zoom Writing Group

Get in the writing habit by joining writers and authors around the country and the world! We write until 7:30am, touch base to troubleshoot and make sure everyone’s making good progress, then for those who can, we write until 8am and go about the rest of our day a little more inspired and accomplished as a result. Shannon is always available in the chat to help you get out of the corners you may inevitably paint yourself into! The Zoom information is posted in our Facebook Events listing daily.

Online: Writing Group

Join a group of writers from around the country in another fun writing group meeting! We talk a little shop, do a prompt, and a wordsprint, and focus on the positive in our lives and the importance and power of finding our voice. Writers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Find the information you need to join the Zoom meeting on our Events listings on Facebook (@harrislibrary).

Writers! The Highlights Foundation Offers a Free Online Class

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours, live camera experiences at zoos, and online story times.

Have you ever wanted to learn about writing and creativity from teachers from the Highlights Foundation? They are now offering a free online educational opportunity featuring Sarah Aronson and Tara Lazar. Pop over to their site to see the previous videos and find out when they’ll next do a virtual get-together for greater interactivity. Special thanks to one of our Writing Club members, Jamie, for letting Shannon know about this great opportunity!

The Highlights Foundation also offers podcasts about writing, including this one with Ashley Hope Perez on Holistic Writer Care.

Local Author Panel this Saturday 1-3pm!

This Saturday–November 16th–from 1pm-3pm we are hosting a great panel of local authors!

We’ll have Alice Lichtenstein (The Genius of the World, Lost, and The Crime of Being), Deborah Blake (The Baba Yaga series, The Broken Rider series, and 11 books on modern witchcraft), and Dennis Fowler (Earth’s Song).

Audience members will be able to ask authors questions about the writing and publishing process and purchase books directly from the authors–and have them signed! A great event for readers, would-be writers and other creatives, and right on time for the holiday shopping season!

                           

Deborah Blake                                           Alice Lichtenstein                                                         Dennis Fowler

A Bit More about Dennis Fowler’s Most Recent Book

In 1972 Dennis Fowler was out of work, and, with a pregnant wife and a fierce need for money, began to write. With wife Peggy at his side, he launched a writing career that has lasted more than forty years, utilizing several pseudonyms and jumping through the genres. His earliest works paid him between $500 and $750, and though it might not sound like much today, it kept the family fed. He wrote a Gothic for Berkeley and romances for Jove. Suffering from writer’s block he jumped genres and wrote articles for Computer Shopper and other magazines–some paying a dollar a word, and it, as Dennis puts it, “feathered our nest nicely.”

The shifting markets focused more on technology and webpages and, now retired, says, “I still write. If I’m not writing I’m not breathing. But I have no illusions of making a living at it. I’m living off our IRAs. My most recent effort is Earth’s Song, self-published through Lulu, 90,000 words, available at The Green Toad in downtown Oneonta, as well as online from the printer, Lulu, as well as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. A sequel is planned.”

Dennis also suggests, having seen the changes in the writing marketplace, “If you want to be a writer today, don’t quit your day job.”

Dennis Fowler will be one of three local authors on our Author Panel on November 16th.  Earth’s Song is his debut young adult novel. The panel will include time to ask authors questions, and opportunities to buy their books and have them signed.

A Bit More about Alice Lichtenstein’s Recent Work

Author and Hartwick professor Alice Lichtenstein will join us on Saturday, November 16th for our Local Author’s Panel (running from 1pm-3pm). For those wondering about ripped-from-the-headlines writing, Alice’s current work is influenced by an event that hit the region’s news several years ago. Perhaps you’ll remember it…

Here are some glowing endorsements for Alice’s most recent novel:

During the brilliant and explosive opening pages of Alice Lichtenstein’s The Crime of Being, bullets fly.  Thanks to one teenager’s violent and racist act, the minds and hearts of people in a small Upstate New York community are forever fractured and divided.  Alice Lichtenstein delves deep into the viewpoints of an astonishing range of characters, presenting the disparate voices of victim and perpetrator, and those who surround them.  It’s a feat of extraordinary writing, all mounting toward a terrifically tense final confrontation.  A tour de force of unsparing insight and empathy.

–Adrienne McDonnell, author of The Doctor and the Diva

 

“The Crime of Being” is a fast-paced,

urgent story of how we live now.

Alice Lichtenstein tells some hard truths with

poise, wisdom, and compassion.

–Hilma Wolitzer, The Doctor’s Daughter

 

Join us for this wonderful event and consider taking home one of the stunning books that will be available for sale!