Novel workshop kicks off NaNoWriMo

Cynthia Underwood Thayer

Cynthia Underwood Thayer

BAR HARBOR — The Jesup Memorial Library kicks off National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with a writing workshop with award-winning author Cynthia Thayer on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Dialogue is Not Conversation: How to Make Your Dialogue Pop” is designed for beginners and experienced writers of fiction and nonfiction. “Because dialogue is the heart and soul of good writing and the bane of bad, we will spend the day intensively examining all its aspects through writing exercises, discussion, good and bad examples, and critique,” Thayer said.

Seating is limited to just 12. A $20 deposit will hold your place in the workshop. Mail or bring your check made payable to Jesup Memorial Library to the library at 34 Mount Desert St. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Your deposit will be fully refunded at the workshop; no-shows forfeit their deposit. Participants should bring lunch, pens and paper.

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce is cosponsoring all NaNoWriMo events at the Jesup this year, including this workshop.

Thayer’s first novel, “Strong for Potatoes,” published in 1998 by St. Martin’s Press, won the Rep’s Choice Award, was named best new fiction by Ingram Books and was a Barnes and Noble “Discover” book. Her second novel, “A Certain Slant of Light,” was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2000. Algonquin Books published “A Brief Lunacy” in March 2005, and Random House published the paperback the following year. A chapter from her sequel to “Indigo Secrets” was awarded the short fiction prize by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance in 2013.

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For more on the event, call the library at 288-4245 or email [email protected]

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