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Writing Workshop with Loretta Ellsworth


Are you secretly working on the Great American Novel or have a half-finished screenplay in a drawer somewhere? Maybe thinking about doing a memoir some day? Or maybe you’re just trying to boost your creativity or just love books? If you answered “yup, guilty” to any of those questions, please clear your schedule for the evening of Tuesday, August 7! We’re opening up special that night to host a free writing workshop facilitated by Mason City native Loretta Ellsworth, author of the novel Stars Over Clear Lake. Loretta will guide us through writing prompts and exercises, talk about her road to publication, share tips about how to engage readers on page one, give advice about where/when to publish your writing, and give instructions on how to write a proper query letter to an editor or agent. The workshop is designed to get your creative juices flowing, no matter what your experience level or preferred genre. The workshop is 100% free and no purchase is required. Please bring a notebook and a pen (or something to type on) and all your burning writing/publishing questions. Doors open at 6 PM and the workshop will begin promptly at 6:30 PM and end around 9PM, with a break in the middle. 

This workshop takes the place of our regularly scheduled August FHB Writing Group meeting.  (Yes, we have a brewery writing group!  If you'd like more info on that, please click here.) 

More About Loretta Ellsworth Author Page

From Mason City, Loretta is a former Spanish teacher and the author of four young adult novels: The Shrouding Woman, In Search of Mockingbird, In a Heartbeat, and Unforgettable. Her debut adult novel, Stars Over Clear Lake (May, 2017, St. Martin’s Press) is set in Clear Lake, Iowa. Her books have been awarded many accolades, including Teen’s Top Ten Finalist, ALA and IRA Notables, New York Library List of Books for the Teen Age, Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Honor Award, Midwest Connection’s Pick, BBCB Choice, NEMBA (North Eastern Minnesota Book Award) finalist, Rebecca Caudill Nominee, and Charlotte Award Nominee. Loretta received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and lives with her husband and children in Lakeville, Minnesota. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s usually playing tennis.

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