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).

Writing Group

Writing Group
Join us for a friendly chat for writers of all levels, as well as a writing prompt, and
wordsprint. Bring your curiosity and creativity! Contact Shannon for the Zoom password.
Harris Memorial Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Writing Club
Time: May 26, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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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.

Author Dennis Fowler to Attend 11/16 Author Panel!

Also joining our panel of authors on Saturday, November 16 will be Dennis Fowler!

A freelance writer for over 40 years, Dennis Fowler has written novels for adults and numerous articles for computer publications and short fiction on the Internet under various pen names. Earth’s Song is his debut young adult novel.

From the book:

I’ve seen the shapes of endless space,
The boundless curves of midnight lace
That cradle stars in soft embrace,
That guide the spheres and set their pace.

I’ve danced the Milky Way’s bright path,
In time with Terpsichore’s math,
I’ve braved the comets’ baleful wrath,
Climbed the joyous spectral lath.

To save civilizations a girl with an angelic voice learns to fly faster than light.

The panel will run from 1pm-3pm on Saturday the 16th and there will be time for you to buy books that interest you and have them signed by the authors–a great opportunity to support local talent! If you’d like to check out Earth’s Song fore the event, pop over to this link:

Earth’s Song

A Bit More about Panelist Deb Blake’s Recent Works

Author Deborah Blake joins us for our Author’s Panel November 16 from 1pm-3pm.

Here’s a bit about one of Deb’s most recent books, Wickedly Unraveled:

Another resounding hit.

The characters, the story-line,

everything about this book

keeps me wanting more.

 

“…an absolutely awesome story.

Barbara Yager is used to traveling alone as she tends to her duties as a Baba Yaga. She sometimes brings Babs, the adopted daughter she is training, but her sheriff husband stays behind.

This trip, though, she has made an exception. After all, the task seems so simple, and shouldn’t take long to accomplish. When it is done, the three of them can indulge in a long-overdue family vacation. What could it hurt? Quite a lot, as it turns out. What Barbara thought was a minor problem ends in a violent magical confrontation she never expected. The resulting backlash sends them all into a warped timeline where Barbara and Liam never got together, and only Barbara and nine-year-old Babs remember the truth. Liam is still trapped in his grief and all the good they’ve done together in the past few years has come undone.

Even worse, her Baba Yaga sisters, Beka and Bella, don’t believe her, and the wicked Brenna is still out there, planning who knows what kind of mischief. The children stolen by the rusalka Maya are trapped in the Otherworld and she is loose in this one and up to no good. It is up to Barbara, Babs, and their faithful dragon-dog companion Chudo-Yudo to knit together the unraveled timeline and make things right again, before it is too late and Barbara loses her one true love forever.

In a completely different vein, Deb also writes nonfiction about witchcraft and magick, including The Little Book of Cat Magic and The Witch’s Broom.

A bit about The Little Book of Cat Magic:

Learn about cats throughout history as well as the myths, folklore, and deities associated with them. Explore spells for living with cats, improving their health, and saying goodbye when their nine lives have run their course. You’ll also enjoy crafts and divination techniques involving cats as well as paw-some advice from Deborah Blake’s extraordinary familiar, Magic the Cat.

A bit about The Witch’s Broom:

Take a magickal flight into the history, tradition, and modern uses of broomsticks. Whether sweeping the floors or helping with spells, rituals, and crafts, the broom is a more versatile tool than you ever imagined.

Join Deborah Blake on a journey through the ages, exploring why broomsticks and witches have always been an inseparable pair. Enjoy broom lore, insights from well-known witchy authors, and instructions for buying or making your own for special occasions. From besoms to broomcorn, The Witch’s Broom is the perfect guide for adding a new facet to your magickal practice. Have a nice flight!

 

Our panel runs from 1pm-3pm and includes time for questions, and for you to buy books from your favorite local authors and have them signed!