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Illusions of Speech? Writing Great Dialogue Workshop

October 7, 10:30 am Williamsburg Library
515 Scotland St
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Dialogue has the power to connect the inner life of your characters with the inner life of your readers. In this interactive workshop, we will explore the elements of dialogue that harness this power to breathe life into a novel’s characters and drive its action. Through the use of examples and exercises, you will learn the forms, functions, and purposes of writing effective dialogue. Learn how to eliminate some common mistakes that undermine credibility. Leave the workshop with resources for further learning. Writers and readers who love good dialogue are welcome.

J.E.. Tobin moved to New York City after college with a journalism degree. After writing two off-Broadway plays for the Circle Repertory Company and children’s books for MacMillan, he watched helplessly as his first novel burned in a hotel fire. As a result, his writing shifted to scholarly articles and textbooks as he pursued a career as an educator and psychologist. Only when he retired did he return to writing fiction. His debut novel, When We Were Wolves, was published in May 2022 (Pale Horse Books). Whoopi Goldberg says it’s “a novel that’s going to stay with me.” Brian Castleberry called it “a timely gut-punch of a book.”  His second novel, Triple Divide, will be out in the Fall. J. E. Tobin and his wife, Jean, reside in Williamsburg, the  setting for When We Were Wolves.
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Open Mic October 

Join us at the Yorktown Library for an afternoon of sharing snippets of your work.
Saturday, October 7, 1:30 to 3:30
8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown, VA

Email Mary Shipko for more information shipkom@msn.com

Registration is recommended.
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Writing the Killer Plot
November 8, 10:30-11:30 am
Schell Room
Williamsburg Library

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Malcom Massey primarily writes "The Martin Culver Series", a series of action thrillers based on his experiences living in Central and South America, as well as his interests in history, archaeology and travel. The main character of the series, Martin Culver, is an author-turned-adventurer who gets unavoidably drawn into one dangerous exploit after another.

Malcom grew up devouring stories of ancient cultures and lost treasures from around the world. Raised in Virginia, Malcom has lived in Costa Rica and Bolivia, and has traveled throughout South America and the Caribbean, including Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands. After living and writing for 16 months in the Yucatan Peninsula, Malcom returned to the United States, where he still lives and writes near the coast.

In addition to writing daily, Malcom has been instrumental in establishing Inspire Writers Center in Melbourne, FL. The mission of Inspire Writers Center is to provide creative writing classes for the general public, taught by trained published authors.
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The All Stars Gala Luncheon 

    Enjoy good food and participate in the writing contest.  Entrants read their work and votes are collected from the audience.

    More information to be announced. 

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    "Writing Your Story" with Patti Procopi

    November 18, 2023
    2:00 PM to  4:00 PM

     We all have a story to tell but sometimes it’s hard to know how to start. Join award-winning author Patti Gaustad Procopi for an illuminating presentation on writing with Storyworth, writing a memoir, and fictionalizing your life. One of those options is bound to work for you! Registration is recommended.

    This program is for adults. Questions? Call 757-890-5207 or email reference@yorkcounty.gov.

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    The Unlocked Path: An Examination and Celebration of Family History

    January 11, 2024 - 10:00 Stryker Building
    In conjunction with the Williamsburg Library

    Author Talk with Janis Robinson Daly
    Join author Janis Robinson Daly as she reveals how the secrets of our past can surprise, delight, educate, and inspire the writing of a novel.
    While researching her family history, Daly learned that her great-great-grandfather had an active role in the founding of the Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia. Inspired by this discovery, Daly wrote her first novel, The Unlocked Path, which tells the story of the early graduates of that school.
    The Unlocked Path centers on educated, career-minded, independent Eliza Pearson Edwards. In 1897 Philadelphia, after witnessing her aunt's suicide, Eliza rejects her mother’s wishes for a society debut, and at a time when five percent of doctors are female, she enters a woman’s medical college. With the support of a circle of women and driven by a determination to conquer curriculum demands, battle sexism, and overcome doubts, Eliza charts her new life path. Combining science and sympathy, she triumphs to heal others and herself.
    Janis Robinson Daly grew up outside of Boston and currently splits her time between Cape Cod, New Hampshire, and Florida.

    Registration for lunch following is recommended. Please let us know so we can reserve a table if necessary.


    Sign up now for your chance to be on the CBW Second Monday Radio Show on Xtra 99.1 FM

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    Neal Steel interviews authors with new books every second Monday of the month.  This is a wonderful, FREE, way to promote your new book.
    Check out some authors that have gone before you.  For more details contact Patti Procopi

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