Area writers to teach their craft

THURMAN Three area writers, Judith E. Harper of Johnsburg, Elizabeth Folwell of Blue Mountain Lake and Bibi Wein of Olmstedville, have been named to the faculty of the Adirondack Mountain Writers Retreat and Story Workshops, to be held in Thurman (Warren County) July 13-17. Judith Harper will teach a class called, The Brave New World of Fiction Blogging, a workshop to help writers explore and sample the many different kinds of blogs written by novelists, short story writers, poets, and playwrights. They'll also investigate the blogs of literary agents, editors, publicists, and publishers, and discover how, as a fiction blogger, one will become part of a global writing community. . Judith E. Harper is a freelance historian and author, veteran blogger, seasoned internet researcher, and, as she says, a novelist who wishes that one day soon her fiction writing will become more than a hobby. She has written two adult works of history as well as six children's bios and histories. Her latest book, Women during the Civil War: An Encyclopedia (Routledge, 2004) was designated an Outstanding Academic Title of 2004 by the American Library Association publication, /Choice/ magazine, a publication for college and university librarians. It was also nominated for an award by the Pennsylvania School Library Association. Folwell and Wein will present a three-hour intensive workshop, entitled Nonfiction to Fiction, which will utilize a series of writing exercises to guide writers through the process of taking a real-life event or experience and transforming it into to a draft of a complete piece of fiction. Participants will have the opportunity to read their work aloud at each stage. Discussion will include creating characters, engaging the reader, questions to ask yourself when deciding what to include/what to omit, and the importance of story sequence in building suspense. This workshop will be held on the morning of July 14 at Thurman Town Hall in Athol. Betsy Folwell is creative director at Adirondack Life, though her writing career there began in 1989 as assistant editor. Scores of articles on local history, outdoor recreation, gardening, regional food, plus profiles and personal essays have been published in the intervening time. She has won half a dozen awards for writing from the International Regional Magazine Association, most recently the silver for columns published in 2005. Her work has appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, the Helen Keller Foundation anthology, Rooted in Rock (Adirondack Museum/Paul Smith's College) and numerous travel publications. She is the author of two travel guides to the Adirondacks, including The Adirondack Book (Countryman Press, five editions). She is working on a memoir about losing her sight. Wein has published works in many genresThe Way Home: A Wilderness Odyssey (memoir, Tupelo Press, 2004); The Runaway Generation (nonfiction, David McKay, l970 Tower, l972); Yes (novel, Harcourt, l969); Bamboo in Japan by Nancy Moore Bess with Bibi Wein (Kodansha International, 2001). Her essays, profiles and short fiction have graced the pages of regional and national magazines, and she has written for and produced TV shows, as well as serving as an editor and editorial consultant. She has honed her teaching skills in numerous workshop settings, and brings them to the Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat and Story Workshops. Wein also will offer private consultations and critiques during the five-day event, and will perform a reading from memoir at the July 14th Fiction Among Friends Story Concert, sharing the stage with nationally acclaimed storytellers Bil Lepp and Bob Reiser, and others. These three writers are part of a faculty of eighteen professionals in the writing and storytelling fields. Pre-registration for all workshop and critique sessions is required. Story Concert tickets may be obtained online at a discounted price until July 5. See full details at www.FictionAmongFriends.com, call 518-623-9305, or email WriteRetreat@aol.com.

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