Sno-Isle Libraries Offer Free Classes

For the second year in a row, local writing and publishing experts are teaching dozens of classes on how to write, revise and publish a book at Sno-Isle Libraries.

“In 2016, we presented 31 classes in our first ‘Write Now,’ series,” said Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader’s Services at Sno-Isle Libraries, which is sponsoring the classes. “The participants said they loved it; 95 percent said they learned helpful new stuff and 8 out of 10 said they were more confident about becoming involved in the writing community.”

The classes attracted more than 200 attendees and brought comments such as, “It was great to learn from someone that has been through the process,” and “… it was relieving to discover I’m not alone in my struggles to find time and discipline to write.” And those attendees said they wanted more. More classes and more often.

“This year, we’ve lined up 46 classes that will run from July 11 to Dec. 4,” Parker said. All the classes are free and subjects range from choosing the right words to choosing the right agent. “We wanted classes that would help aspiring authors get started and accomplished authors get better,” she said.

A number of the classes are focused on what it takes to get published with tips coming from Beth Jusino and Terry Persun.

Jusino is a publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors and author of The Author’s Guide to Marketing. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and has been a past speaker at Book Publishers’ Northwest meetings.

Jusino’s class, “You Wrote a Book – Now What? Understanding Today’s Publishing Choices ,” will take a look at a modern writer’s publishing options, from “Big 5” traditional publishers to small presses to self-publishing to hybrid and other emerging models.  Jusino is also presenting a second class, “Self-Editing Tips for Self-Publishing Writers,” where attendees will walk through a 46-point checklist of things to look for in their own work, from first draft to final layout.

Persun will teach “Get Published, Stay Published.” A prolific author and presence on Amazon, Persun’s class will cover everything from organization through how to contact editors and how to maintain a steady flow of content for publication. “Writing, like any other art, requires skill and creativity,” Persun says and attendees will hear the five specific things that can help writers get into the game and stay there.

Due to space limitations, some events require registration. For more information, check the online events calendar.

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Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.