Writing Your Novel: Wake Libraries and Local Authors Share Secrets to Success

Is writing a novel on your bucket list? Whether you’ve got an idea in your head or words on paper, Wake County Public Libraries can help turn your dream into reality.

Writing Your Novel” is a six-part series that will guide you through the writing process from start to finish. Local authors will provide insight and guidance on elements that will help you write a novel that no one can put down.

“This is another great example of how our public libraries are more than just places to check out books — they can also help you get your book on the shelves!” said Wake County Commissioner Vickie Adamson. “We’re excited to partner with successful local authors to help residents expand their skills and achieve their goals.”

All events, except the finale, will take place virtually. Aspiring authors can register here for one or all of the programs. They’re free, but space is limited so reserve your spot early!

“This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to hone their skills and take the next step in their writing journeys,” said Commissioner Maria Cervania. “I encourage all interested writers to participate in one or all of these programs.”

Kickoff Event: Getting Started   
Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Join Piedmont Laureate Heather Bell Adams to explore what makes you unique as a writer. It’s a noisy world out there with competing advice and demands on your time. This session will help you hone in on a writing path that will propel you forward. 

Creating Vivid Characters 
Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

Characters need desires — they are what drive all stories forward. Where do those needs come from and how do we develop them? Join prize-winning author Mesha Maren as she discusses using images, objects and persistent questioning in character development.

Dramatic Dialogue
Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Dialogue can either come across as authentic, pulling readers into your story, or contrived and stilted. USA Today bestselling author Heather McCollum will share insight on how to breathe life into your characters with engaging and authentic dialogue. 

Perfecting Your Plot
Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? Do you know how your story begins and how you want it to end, but struggle getting from point A to point B? Agatha Award nominee for “Best First Book” Esme Addison shares her top tips for how to plot a novel and keep your reader engaged.

Superb Settings 
Monday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m.

Regardless of genre, developing a setting is an exercise in worldbuilding — not just what a place looks and feels like, but its history, language and people. Using that framing, you will collaboratively construct a setting with award-winning author Cadwell Turnbull and discuss approaches for using setting to develop plot, characters and themes.

Finale: Now What?    
Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m.
West Regional Library

How do you keep the momentum going and take your project to the next level? Piedmont Laureate Heather Bell Adams will offer tips and tricks for the revision phase. You’ve done all this hard work — now make it shine. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Register and learn more about the series and participating authors here.

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