Happenings @ The Writers Center

September is upon us and that means a very busy season at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. The first reading in our Fall series, “Research and the Real World: How digging for facts supports authors,” is Sunday, September 23, 4:30 p.m.

Top: Allison Gilbert
Middle: Meg Ruley
Bottom: Marilyn Johnson

at the Center and features two local authors.

Three panelists will address research and fact-finding as it relates to writing: Allison Gilbert, who addresses the how-to of research and how research supports non-fiction work; Meg Ruley, one of the best literary agents UK has, who addresses why you get better book deals when your book is full of actual facts; and Marilyn Johnson, a writer whose work is filled with facts. Allison Gilbert of Irvington is the author of Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents (Seal Press, 2006) and is coeditor of Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11 (Bonus Books, 2002). She has written for numerous newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, and is now a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. Her latest book, Always Too Soon, sparked the nationwide creation of Parentless Parents, a network of parents who have experienced the loss of their own mothers and fathers. Marilyn Johnson of Briarcliff wrote The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries (now in paperback from Harper Perennial) after writing obituaries for Katharine Hepburn, Princess Diana, Jackie Onassis, Johnny Cash, Bob Hope, and Marlon Brando for Life and other magazines. She has been a staff writer for Life and an editor for Esquire. Her articles and poetry have appeared in many publications, and her reviews and essays about books appear every week on AARP Online.

There is still plenty of time to sign up for Fall writing classes. For adults: memoir writing, writing children’s books and stories, the art of the essay, experiments in poetry, and how to write page-turning fiction, to name just a few. For young people we offer three creative writing classes: one for third, fourth and fifth graders; a second for youth ages 11-13; and we offer a class for teens 14 and older.

For further information on events, readings and workshops, call the Writers’ Center at (914) 332-5953 or visit online at www.writerscenter.org.

We hope to see you at the Center soon!

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