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National Novel Writing Month: Special Guests

Write a novel in 30 days!

Young Adult author Leslie Welch visits Carlson Library November 6, 2018

Young Adult author and published Nanowrimo winner Leslie Welch led a workshop on "how to draft your novel."  About 50 participants took home tips on how to plan your story, how to know your story arcs, how to cut to the action, how to build believable characters and dialogue, how to avoid common traps, how to begin to build your author platform, and much more.  Pictured here is Leslie Welch's debut 2016 novel, a result of participating in Nanowrimo.  








Pictured at left is the importance of developing a log line and then using social media for "pitch parties" -- Twitter being the easiest way to get a publisher's attention.

New this Spring! Special Nano Workshop! 2016



Author C.L. (Cyndi) Pauwels brings to her crime fiction nearly 20 years’ experience working in the criminal justice field. Her debut novel, Forty & Out (from NaNoWriMo 2006) is set in the Toledo area communities* she called home until 2004. Cyndi’s publishing credits also include the award-winning non-fiction Historic Warren County: An Illustrated History, several anthologized essays, and numerous short stories. She is the assistant director of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop and holds an MA in creative writing from Antioch University McGregor (now Midwest) in Yellow Springs, Ohio. When not teaching freshman composition to reluctant college students, Cyndi is busy with revisions on the next case for the detectives she introduced in Forty & Out.

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* there's even one scene that mentions Carlson Library!

Special Guest (2015)

Nov 19, 2015: guest speaker Barb Roose made a lively presentation on first-time authoring!