Writing Memoirs and Personal Stories Workshops at La Crescent Public Library

How To Publish Your Stories and Poemsbook-with-stars

 Many authors dream of becoming a published author with a big publishing company and seeing their book in stores across the country. But there are a lot of steps between getting a story or poem idea and seeing your book in print. Award-Winning Author and Storyteller Kevin Strauss (www.naturestory.com), has published six books with big publishers, small publishers, and as a self-publisher. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of each approach and how to chart your own course in the world of publishing.

Each class in this series stands alone and includes two hours of lecture, writing exercises, and small group discussions. Following each 2-hour workshop, participants can take part in a 30- minute “Writer’s Roundtable” where they can bring 1-2 pages of written work to read and get feedback from the group.

All participants can get written feedback on their writing via email with Kevin Strauss. On the day of the last session, volunteers can read their work as part of the “Writer’s Read Concert”.

 All Workshops Take Place 10am – 2pm at the La Crescent Public Library.  Pre-registration is required.

Nov 5 (10am – noon) — Introduction to the World of Publishing (what it is and what it isn’t)

Nov 5 (noon – 2pm) — Submitting Your Story, Poem, or Idea to A Conventional Publisher

Nov 12 (10am – noon) — Self-Publishing, Print-On-Demand, and E-Publishing for Writers

Nov 12 (noon – 2pm) — Creating Your Roadmap for Publishing Success

November 12 — (2pm) Volunteer Writer’s Read Concert

Come hear the stories or poetry that your neighbors and friends have written.

To Register for this Free Workshop Series, Contact La Crescent Public Library:

Phone: 507-895-4047 E-mail:  lbeach@selco.info

 

For Questions about the Workshops, Contact Kevin Strauss at kevin@naturestory.com or 507-993-3411

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Award-Winning Author and storyteller Kevin Strauss Presents:

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Discover how to find, sort through, and craft your memories and turn them into a memoir or a “tellable” story.  Each class in this series stnads alone and includes two hours of leture, writing exercises, and small group discussions.

 

Following each 2-hour workshop, participants can take get written feedback on their writing via email with Award-Winning Author and Storyteller Kevin Strauss (www.naturestory.com). On the day of the last session, volunteers can read their work as part of the “Writer’s Read Concert”.

All Workshops Take Place 6:00 – 8:30pm at the La Crescent Public Library

October 4 — Introduction to Memoir Writing

October 11 — Writing About Real People

October 18 — Writing About Real Places (homes, farms, and more!)

November 1  —Writing A Crisis, Conflict, or Change

November 8 — Including a “Turning Point” in Your Story

November 15 — Revising and Editing Your Story

November 15 –  “Writers Read” Volunteer Story Concert

(8:00 – 8:30)     Come hear some of the stories that your neighbors and friends have                 written.

To Register for this Free Workshop Series, Contact La Crescent Public Library:

Phone: 507-895-4047 E-mail:  lbeach@selco.info

 

For Questions about the Workshops, Contact Kevin Strauss at kevin@naturestory.com or 507-993-3411

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 

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1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN

This is  multi-year, early literacy program encourages La Crescent Area residents to read to and interact with their  children before they reach kindergarten.  The single most important activity a parent can do to help their child become a successful reader is to read aloud to him or her every day.  Parents hold a very special place in their child’s heart right from the start.  By sharing a love of reading with children from an early age, they will continue that love of learning and reading into their school years.  Early literacy is a stepping stone toward future learning habits!  This also creates a special way for parents and children to bond during the formative years.  Each log contains not only shapes to fill in for books read, but also space to record some of your favorite titles!  Participants receive an incentive for every 100 books read.

This program is funded by Eitzen State Banking & Insurance.1000 Books Banner (2)

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THE BOOK HOUNDS ARE COMING…THE BOOK HOUNDS ARE COMING!!

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TAKE A RIDE ON HIGHWAY 16

 

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WHAT:  La Crescent Area Historical Society presents, Geographer / Photographer Tobias Walther-Antonia will give a narrative & visual presentation.

WHEN:  SUNDAY, AUGUST 21 – 2:00PM @ Corky’s in downtown La Crescent

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Since I-90 was built, Highway 16 has seen significant changes in population, travel-related businesses – accommodations, fuel, and eateries – and regional development.  All of this has impacted communities such as La Crescent.  This presentation will illustrate the changes with aerial imagery, data graphs, comparative photography, maps, historical details, and geographical facts.

Goodwill donation – Guests may order from the menu

 

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Local Author Mary Beth Springer Here Saturday August 13th!

WHAT:  Author Mary Beth Springer ; I Have Cerebral Palsy

WHEN:  Saturday, August 13th – noon

WHERE:  La Crescent Public Library

 

Mary Beth Springer, a La Crosse resident, has written the children’s book  “I Have Cerebral Palsy.”

Working on her first book that featured a La Crosse woman who had cerebral pasy, Springer wanted to know more about cerebral palsy.  She started asking children if they knew what cerebral palsy was. When they were unable to tell her, she decided to write the children’s book.

Springer wrote from the point of view of Sydney, a girl La Crescent who was willing to share her story as a child with the condition.

“It was written to increase the understanding for both children and adults of what cerebral palsy is,” Springer said, “and enhance the meaningful interaction between physically challenged and non-physically challenged children.”

After tabling the completed manuscript for several years, Springer contacted Star Bright Books, a publisher of special needs books, in 2010. The finished book, which includes photos of Sydney, is being released this month.

Throughout the pages, Sydney is shown participating in recreational activities, sometimes using adaptive equipment. While cerebral palsy can affect mobility, making basic activities such as eating difficult, the book emphasizes that a disability doesn’t prevent children from enjoying life and playing sports. A facts and resources section on adaptive technology and the Miracle League organization is included.

Springer will be at the La Crescent Public Library on Saturday, August 13th  at noon to talk about her book.  She will also have copies available for purchase.

Light refreshments will be served.  This event is free and open to the public.

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Be a Free-Quent Reader @ the Library

Pick up a card at the circulation desk.  Bring the card with you each time you check out books from August 1st to October 30th and we will stamp it.  Earn a bonus stamp if you also attend a library event during this time.

If you get all 10 stamps, you will receive a “Get out of Fine Free” card valued at $5.  This card can be used for any fine in increments of $1.Free-Quent reader

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Library is PokeStop!

Find Pokeman and a good book!

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Adrienne Lee – Hula Hooper

WHEN:  TUESDAY, JULY 19TH @ 1:30PM

WHERE:  LA CRESCENT HOKAH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SMALL GYM

 

LaCrescent Public Library is thrilled to welcome Faribault’s own queen of the hula hoop, AL_photo1_editedAdrienne Lee!  She will delight us with a 20-minute hula hoop performance set to music on Tuesday, July 19 at 1:30pm.

Stay after the performance to ask questions, get demos, and try out a hula hoop for yourself!  Adrienne also makes custom hula hoops and will be taking orders if you are interested in purchasing a hoop to call your very own!

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Closed for 4th

La Crescent Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 4th.  We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, July 5th.

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