Groton READS & WRITES 2013 : Sharing Stories
GrotonREADS becomes GrotonREADS & WRITES this year as we celebrate reading AND writing with Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.
Events will begin on Tuesday, March 19, and continue through April 11. Our programs range from author visits to writing workshops, weekday evenings to Sunday afternoons. There is also a local flair to our events, thanks to a tour of inspirational spots around town and storytellers from different walks of life throughout Groton’s history. We hope to see you there!
GrotonREADS & WRITES is a community-wide reading program hosted by the Groton Public Library and sponsored by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust. These events are free and open to all.
Groton READS & WRITES 2013 Events:
- Writers' Panel, Tuesday, March 19, 7:00-8:30 pm
The Writers’ Panel will feature five published writers with experience in a variety of genres: Cal Armistead (young adult fiction), David Brody (adult fiction), Loree Griffin Burns (children’s nonfiction), Greg Fishbone (young adult science fiction and fantasy), and Ann Haywood Leal (young adult fiction). The panelists will speak about their lives as writers, including an overview of their routines, suggestions for generating ideas and improving craft, publishing advice, and general experience. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A. At the end of the evening, there will be an opportunity to purchase books and have them signed by the authors.
- Writing Workshop, Wednesday, March 20, 7:00-8:30 pm
Zoann Guernsey, GPL memoir instructor, will facilitate a writing workshop inspired by Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft and her own teaching and writing experience. This workshop is the first in a series of four Wednesday evening writing workshops throughout the GR&W program. Our hope is that we see a lot of the same participants at all of them, but there is no requirement that anyone attend all four. Please bring your GR&W (or other) journal and any writing ideas you have collected thus far.
- Get Inspired: A Tour of Groton, Sunday, March 24, 2:00-4:00 pm
This self-guided tour includes sites around Groton that have been an inspiration to writers, have some historical significance, and/or are scenic areas that may provide viewers inspiration of their own. Participants will receive a tour booklet with information about each location and background on people who are connected to the sites. Come to Sibley Hall to pick up your booklet and begin your journey!
- Author Visit: Laura Moriarty, Tuesday, March 26, 7:00-8:30 pm
Novelist Laura Moriarty will share her inspiration for The Chaperone, historical fiction, and her life as a writer. She will speak, read from her work, and take questions before signing books for sale at the end of the evening.
- Writing Night, Wednesday, March 27, 7:00-8:30 pm
Erika Gounis, GDRHS English teacher, will facilitate the second of four writing workshop events at Main Street Café. This event will include an opportunity to share ideas and plenty of time to work on writing, whether it is a piece that has grown out of the last workshop or something altogether new. Please bring your journal, notebook, computer, etc.—whatever will help you find your writing groove!
- YA Open Mic Night,Tuesday, April 2, 7:00-8:30 pm
Young adults in grades 6-12 are invited to step up to the mic to share their stories and poems. Please join other writers to enjoy an evening of original spoken word. Refreshments will be served at this informal, café-style event in the library's art gallery, Sibley Hall. Please sign up in advance so we know how many performers to expect.
- Feedback Night, Wednesday, April 3, 7:00-8:30 pm
Feedback Night is the third in a series of four Wednesday night events where GR&W program participants will have the opportunity to work on their own writing. This particular event will start with a presentation on how to critique another writer’s work. Participants will then take turns sharing their work and offering feedback within their groups. Members of the Groton Critique Group will circulate to provide assistance and input where needed. After the session, participants will be invited to continue to share material through a web resource. Pre-registration for this event is very important so that the facilitators can plan accordingly and assign groups based on genre and format. Participants should bring copies of their writing sample to share with other writers in a small group setting.
- Writer's Workshop with YA Author Visit: Diana Renn, Thursday, April 4, 6:00-7:00 pm
This workshop, for writers in grades 6-12, will focus on finding inspiration and starting stories (using a series of fun exercises involving art, objects and music), creating characters, descriptive writing (settings/characters), and dialogue. Diana Renn is the published author of the young adult mystery Tokyo Heist. Come for the workshop, and then stay for Hot Books, Hot Chocolate! to discuss Tokyo Heist with the author herself! The book discussion will run from 7:30-8:30 pm, Thursday, April 4, and is open to young adults in grades 6-12.
- Groton Stories, Sunday, April 7, 2:00-4:00 pm
Looking for an adventurous and inspiring way to spend a Sunday afternoon? Please join us for a storytelling celebration featuring Groton history. Our intrepid panel will share diverse tales about this special place we all know and love. From running to farm life, this event will include stories and people to which many Groton residents can relate. You won't want to miss it!
- Stephen King Film Night, Tuesday, April 9, 7:00-8:30 pm
Stephen King has had more of his books made into movies than any other writer—over 40 of them. In honor of his record, at 7:00 pm, there will be a screening of "Stand by Me" (the film version of Mr. King’s novella The Body), a coming-of-age story featuring the young River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton, directed by Rob Reiner. Beforehand, at 6:00 pm, participants can have a conversation with another novelist who has sold work to Hollywood. Caitlin Macy's first novel, The Fundamentals of Play, was optioned by a Hollywood studio merely days after she sold the manuscript to Random House. Ms. Macy has since pitched and written for movie studios and for television. There will be plenty of time for participants’ questions as well. Light refreshments will be served.
- Seminar with Author Mary Johnson, Wednesday, April 10, 6:00-6:45 pm
One of GR&W’s visiting authors, Mary Johnson, author of An Unquenchable Thirst, will meet with a small group of writers who have been involved in the GR&W Wednesday night workshop series in order to offer support, words of advice, and encouragement. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, concerns, and insights from their writing experiences throughout the program to share with Ms. Johnson. Pre-registration is required; space is limited.
- Author Visit: Mary Johnson, Wednesday, April 10, 7:00-8:30 pm
With an audience larger than the earlier event, Mary Johnson will share experiences about writing her memoir, An Unquenchable Thirst, and her life as a writer. She will speak, read from her work, and take questions before signing books for sale at the end of the evening.
- Celebrating Our Stories, Thursday, April 11, 7:00-8:30 pm
This relaxed evening gathering serves as a culminating experience for all people involved in any of the GR&W 2013 events. Those in attendance are invited to read, listen to, and reflect on the writing created throughout the program. We will celebrate the many ways in which Stephen King’s memoir has inspired us to explore the writer within or even just to share a story with another person. Refreshments will be served and enjoyed in great company.
More about the author
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.
Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.