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Writing Series: Programs for Writers Presented by Authors

Accomplished local authors will share their best writing advice with novice and experienced writers at the Dayton Metro Library this fall. Adults and teens currently writing, or interested in writing, are welcome to attend any or all of the programs in the Series.

“The Library is the perfect location to bring aspiring writers together with successful authors,” said Jennifer Spillman, Chair of the Library’s Programming Committee. “These programs will inspire and motivate writers of all sorts.”

The Writing Series is intended for adults, although teen writers are welcome as well. Author Katrina Kittle will lead programs geared specifically toward teens each month. All programs are FREE.

For more information, visit the Events Calendar or call (937) 463-BOOK.

Basics of Plot Development with Rob E. Boley
SAT., 9/10 | 10 - 11:30 AM | WILMINGTON-STROOP, 3980 Wilmington Pk.
Are you a plotter, or a pantser? Find out the difference and learn the key components of a solid story that will keep your reader turning the page.

Moving a True Story to Fiction with Kathryn Lang-Slattery
TUE., 9/13 | 6:30 - 8 PM | VANDALIA, 500 S. Dixie Dr.
Learn how to turn a real life story into engaging fiction, so your book is more than just “based on” historical events.

Bust Out of your Writing Rut! with Nancy Christie
THUR., 9/22 | 6:30 - 8 PM | NEW LEBANON, 715 W. Main St.
Get some rut-busting tips to move toward your writing goals. Identify your objectives, overcome self-imposed barriers and get out of your writing rut!

Dialogue: Tips & Traps with Katrina Kittle
SAT., 10/1 | 1 - 2:30 PM | HUBER HEIGHTS, 6160 Chambersburg Rd.
Bad dialogue can sink an otherwise promising story, and good dialogue can make a story fly. Here’s a crash course in strengthening dialogue, whether in fiction, memoir or nonfiction.

Inventing (and Reinventing) Yourself as a Writer with Sandra Gurvis
SAT., 10/8 | 1 - 2:30 PM | NORTHWEST, 2410 Philadelphia Dr.
Aimed at both novice and experienced writers, explore the many ways you can use writing skills to boost your career or earn income as a freelancer.

Learn to Edit Your Own Writing with Carol Cartaino
SAT., 10/15 | 2 - 3:30 PM | WILMINGTON-STROOP, 3980 Wilmington Pk.
Editing your own work is difficult, but essential. With 10 years’ experience as Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest books, Carol Cartaino can show you how.

The Art of Word: A Practitioner’s Approach to Writing with Sierra Leone
THUR., 10/27 | 6:30 - 8 PM | NORTHWEST, 2410 Philadelphia Dr.
Poet, author and educator Sierra Leone shows you how to take ownership of your muse and strengthen your personal writing rituals.

TEEN WRITING PROGRAMS with Author Katrina Kittle

NaNoWriMo Prep
THUR., 10/20 | 3:30 - 5 PM | BROOKVILLE, 120 Blue Pride Dr.
Determined to give National Novel Writing Month a try? This workshop will give you a clear roadmap for your novel!  

Jumpstart Your Writing
SAT., 11/12 | 1 - 3 PM | WEST CARROLLTON, 300 E. Central Ave.
Get the inspiration you need to finally start (or finish) your project! Lots of prompts and exercises to help you keep a story moving.

MON., 11/21 | 12 - 1:30 PM | WILMINGTON-STROOP, 3980 Wilmington Pk.
Learn how to show, not tell. Get tips, tricks and exercises designed to make your descriptions come to life.

Empathy and Antagonists
THUR., 12/15 | 3:30 - 5 PM | KETTERING-MORAINE, 3496 Far Hills Ave.
A variety of exercises will help you consider others’ points of view, “humanize” your villains, and help you see the difference between understanding and condoning someone’s actions.


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W, F: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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