Camden Public Library will offer a free writing workshop series in October. The Sudden Fiction writing workshop will be held on Thursdays, Oct. 3 through Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon in the second-floor meeting room. The workshop will be led by writing coach Lee Heffner; class size is limited, so call the library at 236-3440 to register.

We are not encouraged to listen to our creative voice, said Heffner, yet most people yearn to paint, sing, dance, play an instrument or tell stories. Aspiring writers can be taught grammar, plot, character and dialogue structure, but the words must come from within.

“Panic sets in. We wait for inspiration and it doesn’t come. We become discouraged. We say someday. The words are there! And when you have a safety net you will hear them,” she said.

Heffner is a writer’s coach, published author, and MFA candidate in Creative Writing. Experience level is irrelevant for this class, she said. Pieces from the class have become short stories, and several participants have launched novels.

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