Calling all writers to ‘Write Now’ series

"Write Now," Sno-Isle Libraries’ series aimed at aspiring authors, is in full swing this fall.

The free classes feature local experts sharing their knowledge on how to write, revise and then get published that book you’ve been meaning to write. Or, already wrote and put up on a shelf.

“We have 35 classes scheduled between now and Dec. 4,” said Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader’s services at Sno-Isle Libraries.

“Participants in our 2016 series said they loved it; 95 percent said they learned helpful new stuff and 8 out of 10 said they were more confident about becoming involved in the writing community.”

That first round attracted more than 200 attendees. Comments included: “It was great to learn from someone that has been through the process,” and “… it was relieving to discover I’m not alone in my struggles to find time and discipline to write.”

This year, the classes range from choosing the right words to choosing the right agent. “We wanted classes that would help aspiring authors get started and accomplished authors get better,” Parker said.

Upcoming classes include Edmonds Community College writing instructor Amanda Laughtland on “Looking for Poems in Visual Art and Found Text.” Laughtland published “Postcards to Box 464” and a number of other books of poems and writing prompts. Her class will be from 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Mountlake Terrace Library.

On October 14, Beth Jusino will present. You Wrote a Book – Now What? Understanding Today's Publishing Choices  The class will take a look at a modern writer’s publishing options, from “Big 5” traditional publishers to small presses to self-publishing to hybrid and other emerging models.

Jusino is a publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors and author of The Author's Guide to Marketing. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and has taught at writers’ conferences across the country. Her class will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Darrington Library. Jusino will also present Oct. 22 at Marysville Library, Oct. 26 at Arlington Library, Nov. 5 at Mountlake Terrace Library, Nov. 18 at Mariner Library and Dec. 2 at Monroe Library

The full lineup of fall classes is available on Sno-Isle Libraries events and classes calendar. Due to space limitations, some events require registration as indicated in the event listing.