Writing to Publish Series

The Writing to Publish series is to gives published and aspiring writers of all genres an opportunity to connect professionals in the publishing industry. Guest speakers share their knowledge on all aspects of publishing from drafting to final publication to publicity. All programs are free and open to the public. Registration for each event is required.


Memoir Writing

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.

The library will kick off its annual Writing to Publish Series with memoir author Jill Grunenwald. Grunenwald will tell of her own experience writing memoir and give tips and tricks for the genre for aspiring writers. Grunenwald is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Running with a Police Escort.




World Building in Fiction

Wednesday, Sep. 19, 7 p.m.

New York Times bestselling YA fantasy author Cinda Williams Chima will give a lecture on world building in fiction. Her lecture will apply to all fiction genres and will be especially helpful to anyone aspiring to write fantasy or for teens. Chima is the New York Times bestselling YA fantasy author of the Shattered Realms Series.





Nuts and Bolts of Self Publishing

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.

Whether your a traditionally published author considering self publishing as another option or exclusively looking at self publishing as a way to get your writing out into the world, this is the class for you. Children’s book writer and freelance editor Gloria Adams will share tips and tricks about all aspects of self publishing, from knowing what to self publish to formatting and publicizing your work.


The Year in the Life of a Debut Author

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.


Local author Vivien Chien first novel, Death by Dumpling, was release from St. Martin’s Press earlier this year. Chien will share stories and insight from her year as a debut author, including what the editorial process is like with a Big Five publisher and what is expected of a new author in 2018 in terms of publicity.





For one-on-one writing appointments with Author-in-Residence, Amanda Flower, call the Reference Department at 330-653-6658 x1010.


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
-C.S. Lewis