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Writing seminar proves popular
Second session likely in spring at library
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Forsyth County News

Due to the popularity of an upcoming writing seminar, the Forsyth County library system will hold a second program in the spring.

Laura Bradley, program manager for the system, said a writing seminar scheduled for Jan. 11 at the Post Road library with author and University of North Georgia professor David Darracott is full.

“We had to cap the registration at 25 participants and we currently have a wait list of another 12 patrons who would like to attend in the event of cancellations,” Bradley said. “We are not taking any additional wait-list patrons at this time.”

The program will focus on the process of planning and creating a novel.

Bradley said the response to the seminar as well as a memoir-writing session, which was held in September as part of the Forsyth Reads Together program, “have been overwhelming.”

“We do have lots of patrons who are interested in writing books and we have many local authors in Forsyth County,” she said. “In fact, we are in the very beginning stages of planning a local authors’ event in March.

“We will provide lectures and workshops from local authors and publishers, as well as an opportunity for local authors to speak with library patrons about their work.”

Bradley said Darracott likely will offer the novel-writing seminar again sometime in the spring, though an exact time and date haven’t been set.

“He has created a very informative seminar that covers the entire novel-writing process,” Bradley said.

“His seminar goals include providing participants with the fundamentals of character, setting, momentum, plot and style.”

Other aspects Darracott covers include “imparting a keen sense of the professional standards required of a successful novel and helping participants set goals and take their first steps toward writing a long work.”