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Forsyth Writes Together set for Saturday
Aspiring authors can learn, connect
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

* What: Forsyth Writes Together

* When: Various times throughout the day Saturday

* Where: Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road

* Cost: Free, but some programs require registration through the library’s website, www.forsythpl.org.

WEST FORSYTH -- The Post Road library will be the site of a new program called “Forsyth Writes Together,” a day dedicated to celebrating local authors and those who aspire to become one.

Library system staff members have invited a variety of speakers to present throughout the day on Saturday, covering various topics that could be useful for budding writers.

Laura Bradley, program manager with the library system, said staff members hear a lot from aspiring writers.

“In recent months, the library offered several workshops to support the development of patrons as writers,” she said. “These programs were well-received and many patrons, asked for us to offer additional programs similar in scope.

“Forsyth Writes Together will offer our patrons three additional programs related to writing as well as an opportunity for local authors to network with other authors and patrons.”

David Darracott, a local author and instructor, will lead “Write Your Novel Now” at 10:30 a.m.

Darracott first presented the program in January. His presentation was so popular, it filled up quickly and led to a lengthy waitlist.

On Saturday, he will again outline the process of planning, launching and completing a novel.

BookLogix, a local publishing group, will present “Book Marketing Basics” at 2 p.m.

Participants can learn about a range of marketing methods and the cost of successful marketing a book.

Local author Chris Negron will present “Traditional Publishing 101” at 3:30 p.m. This presentation will focus on Negron’s experiences of pursuing a literary agent in the traditional publishing world.

He will share the necessary steps to obtain an agent, how to “pitch” a book concept and more.

Also, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. the library will provide an arena for local authors to meet with library patrons and discuss their work in an open house format.

The authors will be stationed around different areas of the library based on the target audience and genre of their books.

Bradley said Forsyth Writes Together is a “counterpart to Forsyth Reads Together.”

During that annual event, the community is invited to read a specific book throughout a certain time period while enjoying a number of programs focused on it at local libraries.

Last year’s Forsyth Reads Together selection was “All Over but the Shoutin’” by Rick Bragg, and the 2014 selection is “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See.

The Reads Together program will begin in September. Bradley said just as Bragg visited the community last year, See will do the same on Sept. 16.