Bradford native and author David Poyer is returning to his hometown this weekend, and will offer a free writer's workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bradford Area Public Library.


Poyer — a USA Today-bestselling author of more than 30 books, including the "Hemlock County" western Pennsylvania novels, a founding editor of The New Virginia Review, and currently publisher of Northampton House Press — will present the informational workshop. Poyer now teaches at the MA/MFA level Wilkes University Creative Writing program in Wilkes-Barre. 


"Everyone's supposed to have a book in him or her, but coaxing it out can be difficult," Poyer said. "Especially when you're not part of a wider writing community, and have no idea how or where to begin. Here's a way to start getting that memoir, novel, non-fiction book, screenplay, or short story collection on paper." 


The workshop will meet at the library at 11 a.m. sharp and will last for about an hour and a half. Poyer will open with a 20-minute reading from one of his recently-republished books. He will then talk about the fundamentals of writing for publication, such as manuscript format, point of view, effective dialogue, line editing, planning a project, basic marketing, different forms of publication — trade, literary, small press, epubs — and where to go from there with the work.


Learn more about Poyer at his website or Facebook David Poyer.


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