Sign up now for the 2019 Pocono Liars Writers Workshop

The 2019 Pocono Liars Writers Workshop is now taking reservations for this free program. It’s an informative gathering for fiction writers who wish to become published authors, but don’t necessarily know where to begin. It will be on October 12th at the Hughes Library. (More details at the link above.)

In this day-long event, small, interactive group workshops will be offered, providing participants with information and personal attention. Attendees will be able to choose three workshops from the six offered. [See Below]

Remember:  This is a workshop. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and be ready to do some writing exercises!

WORKSHOPS

Plotter or Pantser: Susan Moore Jordan and Sahar Abdulaziz: There’s no wrong way to write a book. Some writers plot: planning out character elements, plot, and action in detail ahead of time. Other writers allow the characters in their head to determine what will happen next. It’s about personality and your relationship to the story inside of you. The key is to figure out what kind of writer you are and then follow the advice of the type of writers most like you. In this workshop, we will help you discover whether you’re a plotter or a panster, or a mixture of both, and what each type of writing method will entail.

World Building: Kelly Jensen: World building isn’t just for fantasy and science fiction. Readers want to know where they are, when they are, and how your story relates to the world it’s set in. Learn how to represent the familiar and create the unfamiliar in a way that won’t overwhelm your story or your characters. This workshop will include an exercise that may be shared with the class.

Show v. Tell: Kelly Hashaway: Learn how to make readers experience your story right alongside the characters by utilizing showing techniques that will bring your book to life

Hooking Your Reader: Michael A. Ventrella: We’re not all Stephen King, who can slowly lead us into the plot since we know it’s going to get good. We’re unknown — we have to grab them early! The opening paragraphs are tremendously important in getting your reader to turn the page, and this workshop will allow you to learn and practice the elements needed to hook your reader.

Point of View: Mary Anne Moore and Catherine Schratt: A writer needs to know through whose eyes the story is being seen. This may change as a story progresses, but changing POV too many times without clear guidance from the writer leads to confusion and frustration on the part of the reader. Short examples of various POV will demonstrate what the term means. To get some practice, we will divide into groups and tell a common story from the POV of different characters in it.

Writing Effective Dialogue: Sahar Abdulaziz: All genres must contain effective dialogue. Poorly executed dialogue can ruin a story. However, strong, relatable, and authentic dialogue can transform book characters into believable people. This workshop will focus on learning the guidelines for writing robust and realistic dialogue and putting those rubrics into practice. Be prepared to write.

SCHEDULE

9:00: Registration

9:30: Meet Greet Introduction

10:00: Workshop: A1: Plotter or Pantser OR A2: World Building 

11:00: Break

11:15: Workshop B1: Show v. Tell OR B2: Hooking Your Reader

12:15: Lunch [Please bring a bag lunch and drink; there is a grocery store next door, a coffee shop with snacks in the library, and other fast food places nearby]

1:15: Workshop C1: Point of View OR C2: Writing Effective Dialogue

2:15: Break

2:30: Question & Answer Panel

4:00 (or earlier depending on the Q&A panel): Closing remarks/cleanup

NOTE: When you sign up, be careful not to reserve two panels at the same time. Choose A1 or A2, B1 or B2, and C1 or C2.

Since we have limited space, PLEASE do not reserve a spot unless you are absolutely planning on attending.

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2019 Book Expo

Pictures from some of the authors at the 2019 Monroe County Library Book Expo, held on June 1st. (Click on a picture to enlarge it)

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I Have Become Death

Consumed with grief as she mourns the death of her beloved husband and
partner, Mike Stone, Amy heads to Egypt to thwart a gang of gun runners
believed to be responsible for her loss.41fEjuLeoJL

However, events do not go according to plan. She herself is left for dead on the
shores of Lake Nasser, and she goes undercover to thwart a madman’s attempt
to destroy not only Earth, but the fabric of spacetime itself. Allying herself with the
mysterious woman she calls The Medusa and an Egyptologist obsessed with
Egypt’s Age of the Pyramids, she travels the Nile and faces an enemy that
challenges her wildest imagination.

Pocono Liar M.A. Moore‘s latest novel I HAVE BECOME DEATH is now available! You can order it here and you can read more about her books at her website:  mamooresbooks.com

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Purple Haze

Six months have passed since Dillon and Lang crashed into each other on a crowded street in New York City, changing the course of their lives. Now they’re living together as a couple, happy, in love, but not quite ready to say the words out loud.PH600

Dillon is about to embark on a new adventure—opening a private art school housed in the brownstone left to him by his father. Lang… Lang is becoming ever more aware of the futility of his mission: being caretaker to his clan’s future when his clan might not survive the war with an opposing faction.

When a flashbulb outside a nightclub on New Year’s Eve temporarily blinds Dillon, the course of their lives is set to change again. Dillon’s perception of how the world works is going to be forever altered, and Lang will have to decide between his mission and the man who has come to mean more to him than he ever thought possible.

It will be up to both of them to chart a new direction, one that holds the balance between being human and alien. A course that might require sacrifices neither of them is willing to make.

PURPLE HAZE is the latest book from Pocono Liar Kelly Jensen! You can order your copy at the links below.

Amazon: Ebook | Paperback

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The Case of the Toxic Tenor

Cincinnati, May 1964: When a world-famous tenor collapses on the stage of Cincinnati’s Music Hall during a May Festival performance of the opera “Carmen” and dies on the way to the hospital, foul play is suspected. tenorcoverThe victim had collected more than his fair share of enemies, but who could have hated him enough to want him dead? As a member of the cast, the always elegant, stiletto-shod Augusta McKee, singer/professor/amateur sleuth, is onstage and witnesses the tragedy up close and personal. However, when her beau, charismatic Homicide Detective Malcolm Mitchell, becomes lead investigator, Augusta offers her assistance, convinced that her contacts in “Opera World” will provide valuable insight as Malcolm searches for answers. Somewhat reluctantly, he agrees—and the pair unofficially join forces to track down a killer.

With a murderer on the loose and a show that must still go on, time is of the essence in Pocono Liar Susan Moore Jordan‘s thrilling, heart-stopping, third Augusta McKee Mystery. You can order your copy from Amazon here!

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2019 Writers Conference

Thanks once again to the wonderful speakers who came to our Writers Conference (postponed from a snowy January). We all had a wonderful time and much was learned!
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Unlikely Friends

Irwin is not only the local Librarian; he’s also a book snob and an all-around grouch. There’s nothing he values more than his privacy. As a loner, he’s happy to be surrounded by books instead of subjected to the incessant blatherings of dysfunctional people.Front Cover

The one thing Irwin despises more than people is change. He’s content in his predictable, routine existence … until a young girl barrels her way into his dreary life and turns it upside down.

Harper is witty, smart, free-spirited—but most of all, stubborn. Baffled by her need to gain his friendship, Irwin does his best to brush her off, but Harper refuses to budge. In fact, it only makes her latch onto him even more. Friendship, after all, can be found in the most unusual places.

Pocono Liar Sahar Abdulaziz‘s latest novel UNLIKELY FRIENDS is now available! You can order or download a copy here!

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