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Aspiring authors invited to writing workshops in Schaumburg

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By Susan Miura

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass," said physician and author Anton Chekhov, who valued the power of great imagery.

"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein," said sports writer Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith, who understood the challenge of composition.

"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster," said American author Isaac Asimov, who experienced that undeniable passion to bring his characters and stories to life on the printed page.

If you can relate to these quotes, chances are you are a writer. And if you are a writer, whether published or an aspiring author, don't miss "Inside Writing and Publishing," a series of programs and workshops coming to the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Participants will have the opportunity to glean valuable information from various successful players in the publishing world, and take home ideas and tips to further their writing careers. We begin with "Bringing a Book to Market" at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in the library's Rasmussen North Room on the second floor. Presented by Todd Stocke, vice president and editorial director for Sourcebooks, Inc., this program will target the digital publishing explosion and what an editor does to prepare a manuscript for publication.

Next on the agenda is "Getting it Done: Plans, Goals, and Models for Writers," slated for 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, in the Rasmussen South Room. Come and meet Allie Pleiter, author of numerous novels released by Harlequin's Steeple Hill Press, as well as some parenting books published by Zondervan. Her latest, "Falling for the Fireman," was just released in February. Allie will share the nuts and bolts of how to manage your muse, set goals and deadlines, tackle the process of professional creativity, and more. With a useful mix of the practical, the inspirational, and the nitty-gritty, she will offer aspiring and working writers the tools they need to make the magic happen.

The last program in the "Inside Writing" series is "Spoken Song," scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in the Rasmussen North Room. Music producer and singer-songwriter John Hegner of Starbell Hatchery Recording Studio will provide an interactive program for those with a creative flair. John will introduce writers to concepts and techniques to get them started in the rewarding work of interdisciplinary collaboration. These concepts will be applied to spoken word/music parings as well as songwriting.

"The life of a writer is a solitary one," said Susan Gibberman, head of Reader Services at the library. "But there's a wealth of information out there that will aid you in the writing process. If you're a writer looking for inspiration, encouragement, or guidance, mark your calendar for this series of free writing seminars."

To register, call (847) 923-3347 or stop by the library's Information/Magazines Desk on the second floor.