Monday, June 20, 2011

Writing workshop with Maria V. Snyder

One of my awesome Betas is the VP of the Utica Writers Club, which is going to host a writing workshop in July with none other than Maria V. Snyder, the writer of the "Poison Study" books.  I'm a big fan of hers myself (I will buy her "Study" series books at full-price, if that gives you any indication), so when she asked if I would put some info about the upcoming workshop on my blog, I was like, "Heck yeah, I will!"  If I lived in New York, I'd be attending this myself.  Anyway, here is the information she sent to me:
"My name is Jordan Mierek, and I am the vice president of the Utica Writers Club.  This July, we are hosting a writing workshop with guest speaker, Maria V. Snyder.

A few years ago, I read Maria’s novel POISON STUDY, and fell in love with it.  The characters are realistic and captivating, and the storyline is unique.  The back of the book included Maria’s author biography, as well as her email address.  Whenever I read a book I enjoy, I make sure to tell the author.  I emailed Maria and she actually wrote back.  Her reply was personal, not a form, which I usually received from authors.  Since then, we have kept up our correspondence and she has proven very helpful in my own writing endeavors.  When the Utica Writers Club was discussing which author they wanted to host a writing workshop, I knew Maria would be a great candidate.

Maria V. Snyder was originally a meteorologist before she became a novelist.  She is the author of the New York Times best-selling Study series (POISON STUDY, MAGIC STUDY, and FIRE STUDY), the award winning Glass series (STORM GLASS, SEA GLASS, and  SPY GLASS), and the Insider books (INSIDE OUT and OUTSIDE IN).  She has also written numerous short stories for anthologies.  She is currently working on a new fantasy series and the first book, TOUCH OF POWER, is to be published January 2012.

The writing workshop will be held on July 16, 2011 at the Kirkland Town Library in Clinton, New York.  It will run from 1 pm to 4 pm.  The cost is $25, and the registration form is located here:  Maria will also have signed copies of her books available for purchase.

The itinerary for the event is the following:

1 pm-1:45 pm - Writing Fiction, Tips, Techniques, Rules and Breaking the Rules
2:00-2:45 - How to Get Published
3:00-3:30 - Question/Answer Session
3:30 – Door Prizes/Thank You/Autograph"

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