No matter what style of writing you want to try—fiction, non-fiction, humor, poetry, memoir—we’ve got a program that can help. Come hear professional authors share their expertise during “United We Write” at the Main Library. All programs take place in the Popular Library Reading Lounge Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21
Rick Sowash: Memoir writing with humorous advice on organizing little stories into a larger narrative, engaging readers with suspense and humor, bringing characters to life, and delivering a satisfying ending.
Rick Sowash has earned most of his living by weaving the history and folklore of his native Ohio into books which he writes, publishes and markets. His newest book, The Boy Who Would Be Famous, is about the curious endeavors and comic pursuits of an adventurous lad growing up in America’s heartland. His other titles include Heroes of Ohio, Critters, Flitters & Spitters, and Ripsnorting Whoppers: A Book of Ohio Tall Tales. Sowash also publishes his own sheet music, and has produced 15 CD recordings of his own compositions.
Tuesday, June 18
Pauletta Hansel: The (He)art of Poetry: a hands-on workshop on how to strengthen your poems, and make them resonant and uniquely your own.
Pauletta Hansel is Writer-in Residence at Thomas More College and leads community poetry workshops for the Urban Appalachian Council and at Grailville in Loveland, Ohio, among others. She is the author of four collections of poetry and co-editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary journal of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative.
Tuesday, July 23
Bob Woodiwiss: Humor writing with tips on getting published in magazines and newspapers.
Bob Woodiwiss writes a humor column for Cincinnati Magazine and is a regular contributor to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He is the author of Keys to Uncomfortable Living: An Indulgence of My Peculiarities, An Indictment of Yours and his work is included in The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals as well as Fifty Shades of Funny. He is also the owner and “Director of Undirected Thinking” at Bob, The Agency, a creative boutique.
Tuesday, August 6
Kathy Y. Wilson: Learn tips on enhancing your non-fiction writing, generating ideas, and branding yourself as a writer.
Kathy Y. Wilson is a sentence-slinger/closet poet/teacher/playwright. She wrote the book Your Negro Tour Guide: Truths In Black and White, which was adapted into a one-woman multimedia monologue for the stage and is an award-winning column for CityBeat newspaper. Wilson also is a National Public Radio commentator on “All Things Considered,” a contributing senior editor to Cincinnati Magazine, and a University of Cincinnati adjunct instructor of women’s studies and journalism. The Associated Press Society of Ohio, the Cleveland Press Club, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, and the Society of Professional Journalists have all honored her work.