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Where do you get your ideas? NCPLDA Prezi

Presentation created for NCPLDA meeting December 6, 2012. "Where do you get your ideas?" winner, large library program for an adult audience.
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Jessica Arnold

on 4 December 2012

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Transcript of Where do you get your ideas? NCPLDA Prezi

Where do you get your ideas? How it happened... Local author James Maxey has taught several
successful (free!) writing workshops at our library.

After the first few, he approached me about the possibility of a multi-author event that would tie into the theme of his upcoming class: Where do you get your ideas??

James got in touch with several of his writing contacts and put together a well-rounded panel. Keeping it local...

The diversity of genres represented meant that we had a great mix: teens who had read John Bemis’s Clockwork Dark series, fans of Southern literature drawn by A.J. Mayhew and her recent success, The Dry Grass of August, and supporters of relatively newly published authors like Natania to foster an interesting discussion.

This was the first multi-author panel event held at the library, where single author appearances are common. Orange County Public Library
Hillsborough, NC

Lucinda Munger, Director
Andrea Tullos, Assistant Director
Jessica Arnold, Teen & Adult Programming Coordinator Local author discussion panel, February 2012 Getting the Word out... This event was publicized in conjunction with James' writing workshop in local papers, with full-color fliers in the library and online using the library’s events calendar and Facebook page.

The authors also added announcements about the event to their respective websites, and the event was picked up by local literary-interest blogs and sites. Using only free methods of publicity, we brought in over thirty people for the event.

The authors donated their time to participate, and all publicity materials were designed and printed in-house, this program was effectively completed on a $0 budget. Local authors John Claude Bemis (Nine Pound Hammer), A. J. Mayhew (The Dry Grass of August), Ed & Janet Howle (The Long Road to Paris), and Natania Barron (Pilgrim of the Sky) joined James Maxey (Nobody Gets the Girl) for a spirited panel discussion on the true creative impulses behind their writing. These area writers represent a wide range of genres, from Southern Lit to Steampunk. Audience questions guided the discussion during the second half of the panel. The event was free and open to the public. Time goes on... James has since been back to teach another workshop: "How to Write FAST" to help local writers gear up for NaNoWriMo. We will be hosting our second
multi-author event next week, spearheaded by James Maxey.

Winter Tales will feature original stories written especially for this program. Orange County Public Library, Hillsborough
www.orangecountync.gov/library Jessica Arnold
Teen & Adult Programming Coordinator jarnold@
orangecountync.gov facebook.com/
OCNCLibrary twitter.com/
ocplibraries Contact Info...
view this presentation online: bit.ly/ideasprezi The Orange County community has a relatively large number of writers, and this event was created by and for active and aspiring authors.
All of the authors on the panel live in the area, which attracted those specifically interested in local arts and literature.
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