Library and Jamestown Community College partner to offer free writing class

In partnership with Jamestown Community College, the Warren Public Library is pleased to present a writing program for adults and older teens. “The Craft of Fiction” will be held on four consecutive days and requires completion of a brief survey to assist the instructor with the best possible focus for the attendees. The class will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 24, 25, 26, and 27 in the Beckley Room of the Warren Public Library. Registrants must be able to attend all four sessions. Pre-registration will be mandatory, and attendance will be limited to 12.

Writing believable characters, developing a clear setting, and devising an interesting plot are all actions that lead to an appealing story. In this class JCC assistant professor of English Karen Weyant will lead discussions of ways to approach these important aspects of fiction and will offer hands-on brainstorming activities. Modeled after the writing workshops that Chautauqua Institution offers each summer, this class is open for everyone – from those who want to get started on their own writing to those who want to polish their own pieces.

Weyant’s work has been published in numerous journals and newspapers. Her first chapbook of poetry, “Stealing Dust,” was required reading at both Clarion University and Bloomsburg University. Her second chapbook, “Wearing Heals in the Rust Belt,” was the winner of Main Street Rag’s 2011 Chapbook Contest. She has been honored with a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and with the President’s Award for Excellence and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.