Sno-Isle Libraries program looking for instructors with ‘write stuff’

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write nowErnest Hemingway said writing is easy: “All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

There definitely won’t been any bleeding and typewriters are unlikely, but Sno-Isle Libraries is looking for people who can help others be writers, maybe even the next Hemingway.

“We’re soliciting proposals for a series of workshops, classes, lectures and presentations,” said Lead Librarian for Readers’ Services Jackie Parker. “The project is called ‘Write Now: Write, Revise, Publish, and Find an Audience.’”

The goal, Parker said, is to help writers and prospective writers develop their skills.

“There’s been a lot of interest from local authors and attendees at writing and author-related events,” Parker said. “Writers are readers, readers are often writers and Sno-Isle Libraries has hundreds of thousands of readers.”

The project is accepting proposals that cover any step of the writing and publishing process and from any perspective, including: traditional publishing, indie/self-publishing, fiction, non-fiction, author, agent, bookseller and marketing. Selected proposals will include clearly measurable learning outcomes that will be measured in a post-event survey.

Sample session topics include:

Specific aspects of how to write or revise
How to get an agent
How to self-publish
How to design a book cover
How to market a book on social media
How to approach booksellers
“The strongest proposals will be on a list of courses that each our 21 community libraries can book,” Parker said. “We’re hoping to sponsor between 15-20 sessions this fall.”

The timeline for fall 2016 classes is:

July 20: Proposals due
July 28: Notice of acceptance
July 29: Session list sent to community libraries for bookings
October-December: Sessions to take place
Parker said she is reaching out to established writers groups in the Snohomish and Island counties, but that proposals will be considered from all corners. If the series is a success, Sno-Isle Libraries will continue to offer the Write Now series through 2017.

Parameters for proposals include:

Must be submitted through the online form.
Sessions should range from 1-4 hours.
Presentations should focus on learning
Presentations may include contact information for the presenter
Presenters are welcome to sell books after their session.
Sno-Isle Libraries will not provide presenters with a list of registered attendees due to privacy policies.
Sno-Isle Libraries will market classes to the public and presenters are encouraged to promote to their networks.
A contract with Sno-Isle Libraries is required to ensure engagement and payment.

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