On Sunday, the North Carolina Writers’ Network joined Raleigh’s North Regional Library for their Author Panel Kick-Off. This fall, Wake County Libraries will offer a comprehensive program called “Readers to Writers,” where aspiring writers can connect and create with dedicated established writing professionals and fellow novice writers through meaningful programs. Sponsored in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, “Readers to Writers” recognizes that the process is as important as the product, and brings together expert presenters and beginning writers to provide advice and insight, stimulate conversation, and offer valuable feedback.
Sunday’s panel was moderated by North Carolina Bookwatch host DG Martin. Panelists included author John Kessel, Sharon Ewell Foster, Anna Jean Mayhew, and Lewis Shiner. The conversation focused on the challenges writers face; the reason writers write; and how they individually navigate their sometimes tricky relationships with agents, editors, and marketing folks. The panelists took questions from the audience, and then were available afterward for more personal conversation over cookies and apple cider.
The “Readers to Writers” program is already well underway. The month of October will offer workshops on topics such as “Getting Started,” “Characters and Setting,” “Plot and Conflict,” and “Putting It All Together.” Workshops are free! To find a workshop at a library near you, visit the “Readers to Writers” page on the Wake County Public Library site.