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The Northbrook Library is offering free writing workshops led by a variety of talented instructors. Enhance your writing skills by learning from these acclaimed authors and professors. 
Seating is limited, and registration is required for each individual event.
Saturday, February 17, 1:00-3:00pm, Auditorium
National bestselling author and full-time writer Bret Nicholaus carefully walks you through the process of writing a query letter that will get agents and publishers to ask for a copy of your manuscript.  Fascinating, fun, and full of essential strategies, this program is an absolute MUST for anyone dreaming of having a book published the traditional way! Everyone in attendance will receive a FREE query letter kit, written by Bret. Reserve a spot.
Please note: This program covers adult fiction, adult nonfiction, young adult, and children’s. It does not cover screenplays.
Saturday, February 24, 1:00-2:30pm, Pollak Room
As soon as you’ve built your masterpiece, it’s time to tear it down. So much of editing is removal, and we’ll talk about the large, structural excisions (the “axe work”) as well as the minute erasures (the “scalpel work”) that will make your prose tighter, cleaner, and stronger. We'll also discuss how to deal with emotional resistance to deleting your own words. Reserve a spot.
Fooling Ourselves (Into Writing) with Jac Jemc Registration opens Tuesday, March 6
Saturday, May 5, 1:00-2:30pm, Pollak Room
Feeling stumped or stagnant? Have an idea, but don't know where to start? Not a "writing from ideas" kind of writer? In this workshop led by Jac Jemc, an award-winning author who has taught English and Creative Writing at many area universities, we'll explore ways of tricking ourselves into writing. We'll create language banks, dig up gluts of memory, and then hunt for the narrative hiding in these resources. We'll also look at writers who have developed unique methods of generating work and mimic these efforts at spinning raw material into stories.


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