Sno-Isle Libraries offers free classes for aspiring authors

Oct 12, 2016

Sno-Isle Libraries is offering more than 30 fall classes aimed at aspiring and published authors, including two of them that will be held in Mukilteo.

The Write Now series covers all aspects of writing and publishing for aspiring and established authors, whether their interest is in traditional or independent publishing.

While the classes are free, registration is required. Register online at www.sno-isle.org. See the complete list of fall classes available online at bit.ly/SILwritenow.

“We know that throughout our communities there is a real interest in learning about writing and publishing,” said Jackie Parker, Sno-Isle’s lead librarian for Readers’ Services. “With our Write Now series … we hope to address that interest and connect writers with library resources and each other to create an environment that facilitates their publishing dreams.”

“Writing for Children and Teens: An Overview” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, and “Polishing Your Manuscript: What To Do and When” is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Mukilteo Library. Both of the classes run from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Writing for Children and Teens: An Overview,” presented by Kristin Halbrook Vincent, will break down the three main categories of children's and teen fiction, delving into readers' typical ages and appropriate content for each age group.

The class will also go over the types of fiction and non-fiction in each group, story trends and examples of genres.

Vincent will also talk about the skills needed to write for children and offer an overview of the publishing process for each age group/type of children's book.

She is the author of the young adult novels “Every Last Promise” and “Nobody But Us.” She also is a former literary agent, having represented all ages of children's and young adult fiction and non-fiction.

Vincent is also the co-founder of YA Highway, the website and affiliated social media for all things reading, writing, and publishing young adult fiction.

“Polishing Your Manuscript: What To Do and When,” presented by Margaret Bendet, will take writers through the tasks necessary to polish a manuscript and make it shine – because finishing a manuscript isn’t where the work ends.

Bendet will teach writers how to be objective about their writing, the importance of beta readers and the necessity of editors.

She is a professional editor and writing coach who teaches memoir writing at the South Whidbey Center and for the Sno-Isle Libraries.

Her recently published memoir “Learning to Eat Along the Way” has won a national award.

She previously worked in the publications department of an educational foundation that published six books a year. She guided a number of those books through the polishing stages.

“We want people who attend these classes to find community,” Parker said. “Find people who share your goals ad use the library as a resource. Everyone has something to offer you. You can learn from each other.”

In addition to the classes, Parker encourages writers to watch a live streaming presentation featuring publishing industry leaders at indieauthorday.com. Watch the event from your personal device or from one of Sno-Isle’s computers.

The Indie Author Day website helps libraries and authors stay connected throughout the year.

For more information about the classes, email Jackie Parker at jparker@sno-isle.org.

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