Library to host book writing workshop

By JEN BOUTIN

BCPL

Do you dream of seeing your name on the cover of a book? People know that if they want to find a book to read, the public library is a good place to look. But where should someone go for help if they have a story they want to write? Once again, the library can help. The library’s collection includes books with writing tips and the publishing process, which makes it a great place to start. However writing a book or navigating the publishing process can be difficult, so the library is offering a workshop for budding authors.

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On Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m. the library will host Unleash Your Story: Yes, You Can Write A Book, featuring Ron and Leigh Anne Florence and F.A. Edwards, who will discuss a variety of subjects, such as writing tips, the publishing process and will spend ample time answering questions. This workshop is ideal for writers who have notebooks filled with stories waiting to be published and for those who have a story inside but aren’t sure how to put it on paper.

Leigh Anne Florence is the author and publisher of the children’s book series “Woody: The Kentucky Weiner,” a collection of eight books about her dogs Woody and Chloe. Her husband Ron is the business mind behind the Woody books. As manager, he offers a wealth of insight into the publishing process.

The husband-wife team, along with their dogs, often spend their days in schools, libraries and other venues doing motivational speaking and writing workshops. This will be their first time presenting with F.A. Edwards, author of “Haunted” and several other books. The Florences are currently in the process of editing Edwards’ new book.

This engaging workshop should appeal to a variety of writers and will offer two different perspectives. The Florences’ perspective of writing children’s books full time and self-publishing, and Edwards’ perspective of writing for adults and starting the process a bit later in life.

In addition to the workshop, the library offers writing programs throughout the year. This summer the library will partner with author Paul Stansbury for a sci-fi writing workshop for teens and adults. Ongoing support for local writers can be found at the Danville Writers Group which meets at the library on the second Monday of each month.