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Bestselling fantasy author kicks off series of mentored writing workshops at Bar Harbor Library

Posted Nov. 02, 2013, at 4:18 p.m.
MelRice | BDN

BAR HARBOR — Published authors will serve as mentors at the Jesup Memorial Library throughout the month of November at the Jesup Memorial Library in a series of talks and mentored writing workshops.

Though it’s in honor of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month — but the Jesup is going beyond fiction and will offer sessions by nonfiction writers as well, with a brief presentation by a published author followed by a writing session with the author there to answer questions.

First up, on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., is Carrie Jones, the award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author (and Bar Harbor resident) of fiction for young adults. Her fantasy novel “Captivate” debuted at number 7 on the New York Times bestseller list for children’s books, and her non-fantasy novel “Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend” won the 2008 Maine Literary Award for children’s fiction, and the Independent Booksellers Award. Ms. Jones also received the Martin Dibner Fellowship.

Then on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Dorothy Monnelly will be at the Jesup. She’s a writer and photographer whose stunning black-and-white nature photos are on display alongside those of Ansel Adams and Ernest H. Brooks II in the “Fragile Waters” show at the Tampa Museum of Art through January 2014. She’s the creative force behind two books, “The Great Marsh” and “For My Daughters.” She’ll share her experiences and talk about both photography and writing.

Memoirist Brenda Gilchrist of Deer Isle, will share her work and writing tips at the Jesup on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6:30 to 8:30.

For children there are three sessions set for Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Young writers and artists age 4 to 8 will create their own picture books from 2 to 3 p.m. with art teacher Mary Lyman. Writers 9 to 12 will work with Barbara Keene from 2 to 4 p.m. and a session for teens with dynamic presenter Emily Morrison of Bucksport also is set for 2 to 4 p.m.

Then on Thursday, Nov. 21, Emilie Manhart, the author of the One Mom in Maine blog, will be on had to talk about her work and help other writers.

Refreshments will be served and there is no charge to attend any of the sessions. Writers of any experience level are welcome. Come prepared to write and learn!

For more information, check the Jesup’s Facebook page and website, or call the library at 207-288-4245.

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