Elk Grove Library Invites Kids, Adults to Writing Workshops

Two writing workshops led by Author/Editor Susan Miura will be held at 3:15 p.m. for students and 7 p.m. for adults on Wednesday, July 17 at the Elk Grove Village Public Library, 1001 Wellington Ave. The one-hour workshops are free, but registration is required. To register, call (847) 439-0447 or sign up online at

"Imagery in writing can take fiction, non-fiction and homework assignments to a higher level," Miura said. "Stephen King said 'it is the imagery that makes the book stand out somehow; to come alive; to glow with its own light,' and that's exactly what we'll cover in these workshops.

Students in grades 6-8 are welcome to attend the afternoon session, which will begin with a 45-minute author visit. Miura will discuss her books and the art of writing, followed by a hands-on writing session. Sub sandwiches, prizes and candy will all be included.

"We'll focus on using familiar people, places, and circumstances to create realistic characters, settings and plots," Miura said. "Then we'll work a bit on imagery. And we'll have fun, too, with some candy and prizes in the mix."

Imagery will also be the focus of an hour-long workshop for adults as well as high school and college students at 7 p.m., as Miura shares techniques for using sensory words, metaphors, similes and more to appeal to the reader's senses. "The Art of Imagery" will include handouts, prizes and opportunities to practice the techniques discussed.

Miura is the author of "Healer," which was released by Vinspire Publishing in 2018 and subsequently won two literary awards. Its sequel, "Shards of Light," is scheduled for release in late August. Her other works include "Pawprints in the Snow," "Show Me a Sign," and short stories published in four anthologies. More information about the author is available at Miura's books will be available for purchase and signing following each session.

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