Library, authors host free writing workshop

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Posted 1/28/19

Englewood Public Library is teaming up with several award-winning Colorado authors to host a free writing workshop. The Writer's Retreat is a two-day event designed to help aspiring writers get …

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Library, authors host free writing workshop

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Englewood Public Library is teaming up with several award-winning Colorado authors to host a free writing workshop. The Writer's Retreat is a two-day event designed to help aspiring writers get started, hone their skills, and learn about publishing.

“Libraries aren't just for books and reading,” Englewood librarian Michelle Brandstetter said in a news release. “If you've even considered writing, we encourage you to attend.”

The weekend-long event Feb. 9-10 consists of sessions and guided exercises for writing fiction, non-fiction, young adult, comic, historical writing and horror/suspense. Working with editors also will be covered.

“What writers get out of a workshop is being able to share their pitfalls and triumphs,” Jason Heller, one of the event's coordinators, said in the release. “Writing by nature is a solitary pursuit. One of the best things about workshops is being able to see that you're not alone.”

Heller, author of “Strange Stars” (Melville House, 2018), worked with Englewood Public Library to create the Writer's Retreat. Heller brings years of experience teaching at various writing workshops around the country.

Among the event's other leaders are New York Times best-selling author Carrie Vaughn, author of “Bannerless”; R. Alan Brooks, author of The Colorado Sun's weekly comic “What'd I Miss?”; and Mario Acevedo, author of the national bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series.

For Englewood Library, this is a unique new way to reach out to community members in Englewood and the greater metro area.

“I'm very excited about the opportunity to provide this program to our customers,” Brandstetter said. “Libraries are dynamic, always changing to meet the needs of the community. For those who haven't been in a library for a while, I suggest you stop in for a visit.”

Englewood Public Library is at 1000 Englewood Parkway. For registration details and information, visit http://englewoodco.gov/library/writersretreat.

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