Adult Ed’s Journey to Publication series
Rockport — Five Town CSD Adult and Community Education will offer Journey to Publication, a series of one-night workshops for writers featuring a variety of local authors who have been published in various ways and in several genres.
The first workshop, Thursday, Oct. 4 features Jo Ann Simon. Among her many books, Simon is the author of the successful middle-school Thoroughbred series and several adult novels. She has been writing professionally for 30 years with books published by both major publishers and local self-publishers. Her class will discuss fiction writing in general and novel writing in particular — the most common mistakes, finding a genre, accepting constructive criticism, general writing tips and the need for perseverance. It also will touch on the avenues to publishing including getting a foot in the door via self-publishing.
The second workshop, on Oct. 11, will be with Jeff Foltz, author of “Birkebeiner, A Story of Motherhood And War,” which won The New England Book Festival’s honorable mention for fiction in 2011. His second novel is due out this fall. Foltz’s workshop’s focus is on the fact that only seven percent of all books sell more than 1000 copies — regardless of who publishes a book, it is up to the author to promote it. Students can join a frank discussion of all the pros and cons of independent as well as traditional publishing and get suggestions about where they can go if they wish to further explore going independent.
The Oct. 18 workshop is with well-known local Capt. Jim Sharp, founder of the Sail, Power and Steam Museum. Sharp went from pilfering the family skiff at age 12 to saving the Arctic schooner Bowdoin many years later. Upon flunking retirement, he started the museum and wrote his memoir, "With Reckless Abandon." His amazing journey through a lifetime of boating and battling bureaucracy and how he complied and wrote the book is an inspiration.
The final workshop will be on Nov. 29 and features the husband and wife team of Paul Doiron and Kristen Lindquist. Doiron has published a series of mysteries with St. Martin’s Press featuring Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch. Lindquist is an award-winning poet who has had her poems read by Garrison Keillor on public radio's “The Writer's Almanac.” Among the topics they will cover are the dirty details on what was involved in Doiron’s years-long process of writing his first novel, finding an agent and landing a book contract. The journey will continue through the world of publicity, book tours and trying to balance a writing career with the rest of one's life — a journey which he will share, with plenty of time for questions. He also is the editor-in-chief of Down East Magazine and will offer advice from the other side of the table on how to get published as a freelancer.
To sign up or for more information, contact Five Town CSD Adult Ed at 236-7800, ext. 5 or fivetowns.maineadulted.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.