Friday, March 09, 2018

Vanessa Davis Griggs Kicks Off Local Author Workshops Series March 17 at Five Points West Library


On March 17 at the Five Points West Regional Branch Library, bestselling Birmingham author Vanessa Davis Griggs is kicking off the Birmingham Public Library’s new Local Author Workshops series. The free workshops aim to help area authors learn how to write and market their books.

Schedule of workshops:

March 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Five Points West Regional Library, "The smART of Writing, Publishing, and Marketing" with speaker Vanessa Davis Griggs
The author of 18 published novels, Vanessa Davis Griggs will share her vast knowledge of writing (fiction & nonfiction), query letters, proposals, agents, publishers, and getting published. In addition, people will learn about traditional publishing, self-publishing, e-publishing, marketing, and being careful not to get scammed in any of this.

May 19, 2018, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Avondale Regional Branch Library, “Setting the Scene” with speaker Jim Baggett
Join BPL archivist Jim Baggett to learn about historic photos, maps, and documents available in the BPL Archives and Manuscripts Department that can help writers create rich, authentic, and accurate historical settings so that readers feel like they are living inside the pages of your book.

July 21, 2018, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Central Library, Arrington Auditorium, “Every Writer Needs an Editor: The Editor's Role in Honing a Manuscript” with speaker Liz Reed
Book and magazine editor Liz Reed will discuss the ways a good editor can help an author improve and promote their book. Topics will include content editing; decisions about paper, design, and binding choices; maximizing your time by creating a production schedule; marketing; and much more.

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