The Sumner Pierce County Library, the Sumner Arts Commission and the Friends of the Library have joined forces to host a free writing workshop for local aspiring authors.
The free event is scheduled for 12:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Sumner Pierce County Library, 1116 Fryar Ave, Sumner.
It is open to the public and has something for everyone to enjoy, said Sumner Library Adult Services librarian Laura Farrow.
“Writers should come because it is a workshop,” Farrow said. “They will get tips and tricks of the trade.”
The event, “Finding a Nugget – Go for the Gold,” will highlight techniques that writers use to entice readers quickly.
“Specifically, people can learn how these authors are able to get people in the first few pages and keep them interested,” Farrow said.
Attendees will be inspired since each author comes from a different way of life.
“They will have four unique perspectives,” she said.
Part of the library system’s Write in the Valley series, the Oct. 8 event is an opportunity for writers, readers and community members to get a chance to meet the writers and mingle with them on a casual basis.
This is the eighth year the Sumner Arts Commission has sponsored a Write in the Valley event, commission member Judy Caviezel said.
The Sumner Arts Commission works hard year-round to bring art to Sumner.
“We do Music Off Main and Movies off Main, and are partnered with the (Gordon Family) YMCA to do events,” she said.
The goal of the Sumner Arts Commission is to bring different kinds of art to the community, and the Write in the Valley series is just another art form, Caviezel said.
“We live in an age that is instant messages and technology, and it is important to showcase the power of language and to convey ideas and feelings,” she said.
Members of the commission decided the library was the perfect spot to host the event.
“It is a good fit. We try to encourage readers, and it is interesting for readers to meet and see writers,” said Caviezel.
Polly Bridges, president of the Friends of the Library, now in its 30th year, said members see themselves as ambassadors for the library.
“We are library enthusiasts and let people know what is going on at the library,” she said.
Friends of the Library also works to promote the summer reading programs.
“We have a great enthusiastic group of about 20 of us,” Bridges said. “Our library is really a hub and that is the thing we want to make sure people realize. Yes, it does support reading, but it is a community place, a place for people to come together and share ideas.”
Write in the Valley will give authors a little time to discuss the theme and read some samples from their work followed by a break to allow visitors to mingle with the authors and see their books. Authors will then respond to audience questions.
For a complete list of authors and more on the event, visit bit.ly/1gMgiID.