Providence Public Library (PPL) invites readers and writers alike to take part in its continuing Writers’ Seminar Series featuring two area authors. Upcoming seminars will be held Saturday, November 2 at 10 am and Sunday, December 15 at 2 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room (3rd floor), 150 Empire Street, Providence. The seminars are as follows:
Concepts of Writing and Publishing with author Michael Squatrito
Saturday, November 2 — 10 - 12 Noon
Creating characters, setting and plot points; editing and self-promotion
This workshop focuses on the writing process, in particular creating characters, settings, plot points, and the Four-Pass Editing Process. In addition, self-marketing, self-promotion, social networking, eBooks, and much more will be covered in the two-hour session. A Q & A time will also be provided.
Mike Squatrito has been writing The Overlords series for over 15 years. Currently, he lives in Tiverton, RI, with his wife Lea, and their children, Devin and Samantha. Mike speaks at middle and high schools, colleges, local libraries, and writers’ groups where his sincere hope is to inspire everyone he meets and to get their creative juices flowing.
When not working on the Overlords series, Mike is very active in fitness and sports. He continues to play baseball where he is a knuckleball pitcher for the 2088 National Champions Narragansett Brewers. In his spare time, he is an engineer working on Homeland Defense projects.
Copies of Mike’s books will be available for sale.
How to Love Fiction with author Justin Kramon
Sunday, December 15 — 2 - 3:30 pm
Exploring the art of storytelling from the writer’s perspective
In this popular seminar intended for both readers and writers, award-winning novelist Justin Kramon explores the art of storytelling from a writer’s perspective. He examines how writers across the centuries build narratives. Through a guided discussion, the goal is to achieve a deeper appreciation, enjoyment, and even love of fiction. Justin discusses his personal experience of being moved and inspired by contemporary and classic books, and how he drew from this appreciation in his own work. His enthusiasm about novels is contagious. No experience needed. Writers, readers, book clubs, and any book enthusiast will get something out of this talk. Also included, a suggested reading list.
Justin Kramon is the award-winning author of the novels Finny (Random House 2010) and The Preservationist (Pegasus/WW Norton 2013). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has received honors from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, Best American Short Stories, the Hawthornden International Writers’ Fellowship, and the Bogliasco Foundation. Justin has taught graduate and undergraduate fiction classes at many institutions, including Haverford College, The University of Iowa, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and Arcadia University.
Discounted signed copies of Mr. Justin’s books will be available for sale – great holiday gifts!