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posted: 3/17/2014 9:00 AM

Learn to write, market your novel at Schaumburg library program

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By Susan Miura

If you've ever uttered the words "I'm going to write a book," or even contemplated the idea, come to one or all of the "Inside Writing and Publishing" programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

Published authors will lead four programs designed to help you turn the stories in your head into completed manuscripts. Beyond that, they'll fill you in on using platforms and social media to sell and promote your writing. All of the programs are free, but registration is required. Register by calling (847) 923-3347, or stop by the Information Desk on the library's second floor.

The first workshop is "A Novel Experience," scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, in the Adult Classroom. Amy Gail Hansen, author of "The Butterfly Sister," will share her insights on writing a novel, from inception to rough draft, and from revisions to finding a literary agent. Dishing out valuable lessons from real-life experiences, Amy will inspire you to start making your story come alive on paper.

Up next is "Selling your Writing in the Age of Social Media" slated for 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Rasmussen North Room. Best-selling novelist William Hazelgrove will show aspiring writers how to use social media, from Twitter and Facebook to blogging and Skyping, to get and keep their names in front of readers.

If you are looking to develop a memorable bad guy -- or girl -- don't miss "Psychos, Stalkers and She-Devils" from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, in the Adult Classroom. Author Rebecca Johns, who is also a DePaul University creative writing professor, will teach the techniques of building better villains. This workshop includes handouts and writing exercises.

Once you've completed your manuscript, you'll need a platform for promoting yourself and your book. The secret of marketing books today will be revealed by librarian Amy Alessio, author of the young adult novel "Taking the High Ground," as well as several nonfiction titles. Come to "Power Platforms for Writers" from 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 29, in the Rasmussen North Room to learn about social networking, presentations and branding.

Ready to write? Come to one of the Inside Writing and Publishing programs for skill enhancement, valuable advice from experts, and a touch of inspiration. Information on these programs will be listed in the library's April-May Program Guide, which is mailed to Schaumburg Township residents.