Writers’ group hosts fifth annual workshop on April 18
CADILLAC — “Budding Authors: Pathways to Publication” is the theme of the fifth annual workshop sponsored by Write To Publish for all area writers and aspiring writers.
The workshop takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at the Cadillac Wexford Public Library community room. Advance registration is not required and the event is free.
The featured speakers are Bruce Loper and Will McConnell, co-founders of Kindred Digital Books, a local cooperative digital publishing group. The group includes authors, editors, artists and other professionals who publish works by northern Michigan writers.
Loper and McConnell will focus on the option of electronic publishing citing the sharp increase in sales of e-books written by independent authors, the slumping number of print books and a decline in the perceived value of traditional publishers.
Loper is a former English teacher who has written five books including “Another Brick in the Wall,” which takes the reader back to high school. He describes the book as a tale of a good teacher, dynamic students and political administrators.
McConnell brings a full range of technical skills to the organization and is a frequent contributor to the blog page of the group’s website, kindreddigitalbooks.com.
Also on the program is Linda Moore, president of Moore Publishing located in the Pontiac area. The title of her presentation is “Going to Print — Avoiding the Pitfalls.”
Moore will discuss the special program she has designed to offer writers a custom package of services that combines the best features of self-publishing and traditional publishing.
She will offer tips on selecting an editor, pointing out that a good editor should not be a personal friend or a family member. She also will address a number of other pitfalls to avoid on the journey to publication, including how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of potential book printers.
Moore has written three novels, including “Left in the Mirror,” the story of an 18-year-old girl’s troubled relationship with her mother, and the sequel, “Torn.”
Write to Publish is a local writers’ group with members from Cadillac and surrounding communities including Tustin, Manton and Marion.
The group meets every other Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the function room of Big Boy restaurant in Cadillac.
Typical activities include group critique of works in progress submitted by members, 300-word pieces inspired by an intriguing word prompt and sharing of information, expertise and tips related to the creative process, editing, grammar, publishing, marketing, contests, conferences, workshops and other topics of interest to the writing community.
Peggy Hoard from Marion, Write To Publish chair, invites published writers, novices or those dreaming about writing a book — whether fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry or other genre — to attend the workshop and learn more about publishing options available to today’s authors.
“Attendees always learn a lot just talking to other writers who are glad to share their experiences,” said Hoard. “Coming to the workshop is a great way to meet other writers, find new inspiration, enhance your skills and spend time with talented and interesting people.”
To learn more about group members, their published works and find a schedule of book signings and author presentations, visit writetopublish.net.
The Cadillac Wexford Public Library is located at 411 S. Lake St. in Cadillac. For more information call Peggy Hoard at (231) 631-9970.