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    Write Night

    Date: May 22, 2019

    Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    Category: Writing
    Venue: Waterford Public Library
    Address: 49 Rope Ferry Rd
    Waterford
    06385
    United States

    Join us for a new writer’s group on the 4th Wednesday of each month.  A night of discussion on the creative art of writing and a space for inspiration, creativity and growth.  Bring your ideas, journals, works in progress and a desire to express yourself through the written word. Our Gwen Read more [...]

  • Author Night with Sharon Farber

    Date: May 23, 2019

    Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

    Venue: The Storytellers Cottage
    Address: 750 Hopmeadow St
    Simsbury
    06070
    United States

    Join author and medium, Sharon Farber, for an intimate discussion on her book, “Choosing to be a Medium”. Enjoy a light reception after. Experience the wonder of spirit communication firsthand―even if you don’t think you were born a medium. Sharon Farber shares her amazing story of becoming a medium through Read more [...]

  • Poetry Now! - May 23, 2019

    Date: May 23, 2019

    Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Category: Poetry, Poetry Reading, and Writing

    Join Julie Choffel, West Hartford’s Poet Laureate, in reading and conversation about poems that speak to our lives today. Each time we will discuss a different handful of poems from a range of contemporary poets. Participants will gain new approaches to reading poetry of all kinds and leave with a Read more [...]

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    Daytime Book Discussion

    Date: May 24, 2019

    Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    Category: Book Discussion
    Venue: Waterford Public Library
    Address: 49 Rope Ferry Rd
    Waterford
    06385
    United States

    Circe by Madeline Miller (2018)  A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story.  Multiple copies of this title are available in the library.  Discussion led by Faye Ringel, Professor Emirata of Humanities, U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

  • All Access Authors: One Nation, One Flag

    Date: May 30, 2019

    Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

    Venue: The Storyteller's Cottage
    Address: 750 Hopmeadow St
    Simsbury
    06070
    United States

    Come meet three talented local authors and hear them read from their latest books. Enjoy a light reception afterward. This month’s theme: One Nation, One Flag This month’s authors: Joseph McGee – “Letters for Annie; Memoirs from WWII Douglas Buck – “Constitution for a Free People” Beth M. Caruso – Read more [...]

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    The Psychology of Strong Characters Workshop

    Date: June 1, 2019

    Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Category: Workshop and Writing
    Venue: The Storyteller's Cottage
    Address: 750 Hopmeadow St
    Simsbury
    06070
    United States

    The most memorable characters are driven by powerful forces of motivation that won’t let them rest and keep readers turning the pages. Learn to apply basic psychology to the development of your characters. Create more compelling characters by revealing their fears, desires, and dreams with authentic detail. A writer does Read more [...]

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    Point of View Workshop

    Date: June 1, 2019

    Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    Category: Workshop and Writing
    Venue: The Storyteller's Cottage
    Address: 750 Hopmeadow St
    Simsbury
    06070
    United States

    One of the most overlooked and crucial decisions concerns who actually tells your story. Different narrators or perspectives can add texture or weaken your impact, and they all have special advantages and demands. Using recent examples, Steve helps you understand how to choose the narrator who can give your story Read more [...]

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    Secrets of Screenwriting

    Date: June 2, 2019

    Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    Category: Workshop and Writing
    Venue: The Storyteller's Cottage
    Address: 750 Hopmeadow St
    Simsbury
    06070
    United States

    Learn the secrets of writing a screenplay that will get noticed! In this introductory class, start with the basics of visual storytelling, create characters, structure, story arc and conflict, discuss dialogue and voice, and most importantly, learn the correct way to format a screenplay (potential producers will not read a Read more [...]

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    Live Storytelling: Tales From Beyond the (Travel) Ban

    Date: June 6, 2019

    Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

    Category: Storytelling
    Venue: The Storyteller's Cottage
    Address: 750 Hopmeadow St
    Simsbury
    06070
    United States

    Professional storyteller Milbre Burch presents: ​ ​Tales from Beyond the Ban: Folktales from Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen ​ ​This is a spoken word concert of oral tradition tales from the seven predominantly-Muslim countries named in the president’s initial Travel Ban. The folktales are bookended by excerpts Read more [...]

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    Horror Writing Workshop

    Date: June 8, 2019

    Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    Category: Workshop and Writing
    Venue: The Storyteller's Cottage
    Address: 750 Hopmeadow St
    Simsbury
    06070
    United States

    Learn from a published horror & fantasy writer how to use words to invoke thrills as opposed to disgust. Analyze what scares readers, how to create suspense, how to make your readers care about your characters, and develop a few spooky bad guys. With Michael Bertolini COST: $30 REGISTER: CALL Read more [...]

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    Author Night with James M. Chesbro

    Date: June 13, 2019

    Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

    Venue: The Storyteller's Cottage
    Address: 750 Hopmeadow St
    Simsbury
    06070
    United States

    Join author James M. Chesbro for an enlightening discussion of his book, A Lion in the Snow: Essays on a Father’s Journey Home, a story about becoming a father and the beautiful and honest moments between family members. James will doing a reading from the book, as well as opening Read more [...]

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    Write Your Memoir or Novel Workshop: Summer Session

    Date: June 25, 2019

    Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Category: Workshop and Writing
    Venue: The Storyteller's Cottage
    Address: 750 Hopmeadow St
    Simsbury
    06070
    United States

    If you have a desire to make writing your memoir or novel a priority, this collaborative workshop will provide you the necessary guidance, structure, and writer’s tools. In this 3-week mini workshop, you’ll learn how to draw upon your life experiences to write a memoir or to craft fiction from Read more [...]

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    Writing for the Booming YA Nonfiction Market

    Date: June 29, 2019

    Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Category: Workshop and Writing
    Venue: The Storyteller's Cottage
    Address: 750 Hopmeadow St
    Simsbury
    06070
    United States

    Young readers have short attention spans, which means only good storytellers need apply when it comes to taking on fact-based Young Adult Nonfiction projects! Do you have a knack for translating complex information into story? Do you love biography? Have you ever tried your hand at writing projects-for-hire for major Read more [...]

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    Writing to Heal Trauma Workshop

    Date: June 29, 2019

    Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

    Category: Workshop and Writing
    Venue: The Storyteller's Cottage
    Address: 750 Hopmeadow St
    Simsbury
    06070
    United States

    “The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them,” says Badger in Barry Lopez’s book Crow and Weasel. “Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.”The hardest stories to tell are the ones about the times that life broke us; and yet the Read more [...]

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    North Korea Book Discussion Series: Nothing to Envy

    Date: September 3, 2019

    Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Category: Book Discussion
    Venue: Avon Free Public Library
    Address: 281 Country Club Rd
    Middletown
    06001
    United States

    Avon Free Public Library International Book Discussion Series: North Korea Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 7:00 PM Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 7:00 PM Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 7:00 PM The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson This is Read more [...]

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    North Korea Book Discussion Series: Escape from Camp 14

    Date: October 1, 2019

    Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Category: Book Discussion
    Venue: Avon Free Public Library
    Address: 281 Country Club Rd
    Middletown
    06001
    United States

    Avon Free Public Library International Book Discussion Series: North Korea Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 7:00 PM Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 7:00 PM Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 7:00 PM The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson This is Read more [...]

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    North Korea Book Discussion Series: the Orphan Master’s Son

    Date: November 12, 2019

    Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Category: Book Discussion
    Venue: Avon Free Public Library
    Address: 281 Country Club Rd
    Middletown
    06001
    United States

    Avon Free Public Library International Book Discussion Series: North Korea Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 7:00 PM Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 7:00 PM Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 7:00 PM The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson This is Read more [...]

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