BETHANY — So, you've always thought that you could write a book some day. You're sure you have a story that needs to be told, you're just waiting until you have the time to write it. You've read a book, and said to yourself, "I could write that!"
If you're a writer in waiting, disguised as mild-mannered bank teller, electrician, real estate sales person, teacher, or if you're just interested in knowing more about the craft of writing, join four area authors at the Bethany Library on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. for an evening of exploring the world of writing.
Authors Lindsay Barrett George, Clara Gillow Clark, Will Wyckoff, and Jan Cheripko will share their experiences and offer suggestions on a wide range of topics: from writing and illustrating picture books, to historical novels, self-publishing, getting started, writing about young adult issues, marketing, getting an agent, writing strong beginnings, the 'what if' question, and much more.
Lindsay Barrett George's books have been picked as outstanding Science Books for Children, American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, and have received Children's Literature Choice Awards. Lindsay received the Carolyn Field Award in 1989 and the Drexel Award in 2007.
Her picture book, Inside Mouse/Outside Mouse was chosen as the first selection in Pennsylvania's 'One Book Every Young Child' initiative.
Wayne County native, Clara Gillow Clark, is an award-winning author of six novels of historical fiction for middle grade readers.
Her books have earned Young Adult Choice Awards, ABA Pick of the Lists, SSL Honors, Bank Street College Best Book, and have been named to recommended reading lists in several states. Clara is a freelance editor and teaches a book writing course on-line. She is hard at work on a new novel.
Will Wyckoff ('and my beautiful wife,' he says) reside in a 170-year-old structure in Hawley that has been home to four generations of family members.
A self-published writer of the novel, Birds on a Wire, Will, spent thirty-five years in the Wayne Highland School District teaching young people that writing can be a powerful and enjoyable activity.
He says he looks forward to sharing his experience with anyone interested in following that path.
Jan Cheripko is the author of several books, including three young adult novels that focus on issues facing at-risk teens.
He was twice named an honor recipient for the Carolyn Field Award, and his novel, Imitate the Tiger, was awarded the Joan Fassler Memorial Book Award given by the Association for the Care of Children's Health.
After a short introduction by each, the authors will allow plenty of time for questions. Refreshments will be served.
There is no fee, but donations to the library are greatly appreciated.