Join members of the Sisters in Crime group at the Yorktown Library on Saturday, Jan. 20, for The Art of Writing: a free two-part workshop and panel. The event will begin with the "Top Ten Tips for All Writers" workshop, which will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Local authors Jenny Sparks and Jayne Ormerod will present this interactive workshop, with tips that every writer — new and experienced — can use to refresh their writing in the New Year.
Part Two will begin at 2 p.m. with a panel covering "Authors in Your Own Backyard". Panel attendees will learn how and why local authors use actual or fictionalized Virginia settings. Jayne Ormerod will moderate this panel of local authors, including Teresa Inge, Maria Hudgins and Allie Marie.
Registration is required. Patrons can register for one or both events through the library's Events Calendar.
Jayne Ormerod writes what she knows, cozy mysteries about small towns with beach settings. (The dead bodies are purely a figment of her imagination.) She has written or contributed stories to almost a dozen books. Her latest is “Life is a Cabernet” in the 50 Shades of Cabernet anthology. Visit her website to learn more.
Jenny Sparks has been a career navy wife for thirty years. As that chapter of her life comes to a close she is beginning to dabble in writing. She also works as an organizer for a local downsizing company. She has published or co-published four short stories, her lasts being “Cobblestones and Cabernet” in the 50 Shades of Cabernet anthology. Learn more about Jenny on her Amazon author page.
Teresa Inge grew up reading Nancy Drew Mysteries. Combining her love of reading mysteries and writing professional articles led to writing short fiction and a novel. Her latest release is “Love the Wine your With” in the 50 Shades of Cabernet anthology. Visit her website to learn more.
Maria Hudgins is the author of the Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries and the Lacy Glass Archaeology Mysteries. She is a contributor to the Sisters in Crime Virginia Beach Chapter Anthologies, Virginia is for Mysteries, I and II, and Fifty Shades of Cabernet. A former high school teacher of Oceanography, Earth Science, and Chemistry, she lives in Hampton, VA. Her most recent release is “Name Your Poison” in the 50 Shades of Cabernet anthology. Visit her website for more information.
Retired from law enforcement in Virginia, Allie Marie began writing mysteries inspired by colonial ancestors she discovered while researching her family tree. She has published a series of novels that are set in Olde Towne section of Portsmouth, VA, where ghosts from the 18th century haunt three modern-day women to uncover old family secrets. Her latest release is “Voice of the Just: The Blue Sapphire Story”, with “Hands of the Healer: The Christmas Emerald” expected in early 2018.