standing Westerly Library

Since January of 2018, a group of us have been meeting in the library to write together. Some people who make it Saturday mornings at 10:30 to share work, prompts, and discussions about our favorite books are also published authors, whose expertise we greatly appreciate! The Adult Writers Workshop is a great place to find community and readers to warmly welcome your ongoing works-in-progress. But many of us still have questions about the publishing process.

That’s why the library is hosting a Local Authors Publishing Panel Saturday, May 11th at 10am! We’re going to hear from our local experts on everything you want to know about the writing process, editing, and the long road to getting your work published. Even if you don’t have a book in progress (yet!) we’ll have plenty of resources to help you get started.

At 10am sharp the authors will introduce themselves. Regina Bartlett, L.M. Browning, Leigh Brown, Victoria Corliss, and Michael Darigan will tell us a little bit about their books, writing and publishing journeys, and lives here as local authors. Check out each of these authors’ websites online for more information about their work!

Then, at 10:30, for the next hour, they will answer questions from the audience about the many publishing avenues of today’s digital world. Bring all your questions about literary agents, self-publishing, small presses, royalties, working with an editor, the benefits of a writing group, and whatever else you can scribble down into a notebook.

Finally, at 11:30, our local experts will be selling and signing books for you to purchase and take home. Westerly, Pawcatuck, and Stonington have been blessed over the years with a thriving literary community due to the efforts of a number of organizations and individuals. Let’s continue to support our local writers and writers-to-be wherever we can!

You can find more information about the event and participating authors on the library’s website. Please email Erik at ecaswell@westerlylibrary.org with any questions about this event or the Adult Writers Workshop. It’s never too late to start writing your story.

Top requested books

1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

2. “Run Away” by Harlan Coben

3. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

4. “The 18th Abduction” by James Patterson

5. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

6. “Redemption” by David Baldacci

7. “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline

8. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

9. “Neon Prey” by John Sandford

10. “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand

Top requested movies

1. “Green Book”

2. “Vice”

3. “Mary Poppins Returns”

4. “On the Basis of Sex”

5. “The Mule”

6. “Homeland, the complete 7th season”

7. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

8. “Aquaman”

9. “Bohemian Rhapsody”

10. “A Star is Born”

This Week

MONDAY — 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Photography in the Park – learn to take better photographs, with Wilcox Park as your backdrop! 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Homework Help/Tutoring (for grades K-8) – homework help in individual subjects, done by teens.

TUESDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Family storytime for all ages; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Conspiracy Theorists Anonymous – Come with a conspiracy you’d like to research. We’ll talk about how plausible our theories are, learn where to find answers, and what kinds of tricks get in the way of the truth; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit and Crochet Group! – a friendly knitting, crochet, needlework, and yarn craft club; 6-7:45 p.m., Sewing Social – amateur or experienced sewers are welcome! 6-6:45 p.m., Demystifying Meditation – Join Chris Liguori to practice awareness and discuss mindful living. All are welcome.

WEDNESDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Storytime for ages 1-3; 3:30-5:30 p.m., Teen Space Garden Club – come help plan our garden and earn community service hours; 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners.

THURSDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Storytime for ages 3-5; 10-11:30 a.m., Conversation Class – A free class for English Language Learners; 2:30-6:30 p.m., Make a Mother’s Day Bookmark – use the library’s laser cutter, materials provided; 3:30-5 p.m., Teen Craft: Mother’s Day Card Making – supplies and snacks provided; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Homework Help/Tutoring (for grades K-8) – homework help in individual subjects, done by teens; 6-7:30 p.m., Dementia Family Caregiver Support Group – A trained former caregiver will be facilitating all group sessions. The groups will be a safe space to discuss the unique challenges of caregiving; 6-7:30 p.m., Homebrewing 101 with the RI Brewing Society (must be 21 or older to sample).

FRIDAY — 10:15-11 a.m., Stories Sign & Craft (ages 3+) – a story and craft with simple signs to go with it; 3-5 p.m., Teen DIY: Seed Bombs & Teens Against Pollution; 4-5:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens interested in STEM and Robotics.

SATURDAY — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Make & Take Crafts for children!

10:00 a.m.-12 p.m., Local Authors Publishing Panel – Come learn all about the publishing process from our local experts in this 2-hour Q&A session and book signing event! 10-11:30 p.m., Champion Tree Tour of Wilcox Park – begins at the Esplanade; 1-2:30 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons (Teen Led Program) – No prior experience with the game is necessary—registration is required; 1-2 p.m., Three Cheers for Ireland – come learn about the Hibernian influence in Rhode Island’s labor movement.

Erik Caswell is the young adult librarian at the Westerly Library.

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