ReadOut: Books for Lesbians Will Feature Award-Winning Author Elizabeth Sims

| December 20, 2017

Elizabeth Sims, Contributing Editor for Writer’s Digest magazine and author of You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams, will lead a “Fearless Writing” workshop on Sunday, February 18 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Avenue South in Gulfport, Florida.  Sims is also author of the Lambda Award-winning Lillian Byrd crime series and the Rita Farmer mystery series. The workshop is open to all genders, as well as both aspiring and experienced writers.  Advanced registration and payment of a $15 fee are required for the workshop, which includes a complimentary light breakfast at 9.00am.  Registration forms can be downloaded at www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources.  Spaces are limited.  Only cash, checks or money orders will be accepted.

Writers commonly think they must suffer through much fear and doubt to produce anything good. Elizabeth Sims’ experience—and thus her message—is the opposite: Writing is easy and fun, provided we get out of our own way and let our natural talent and creativity take over. In this energizing workshop, she’ll help you find the heart of the book you want to write and convey your story zestfully and truly. You’ll learn how to work out a plan and start writing immediately, whether your book is fact or fiction. Writers with books in progress will find gold here too, because Elizabeth will provide tools every writer can use at any stage of a project.

The wisdom she’ll share is based on her own experience—and that of other storytellers dating back to prehistory. You’ll learn how to cut through angst and overcomplication with a better way to brainstorm; you’ll see how professionals power through a first draft; you’ll gain new perspectives with her Heart-Clutching Moment Plotting Method (works every time, plus it’s fun); you’ll discover how tangents can be the keys to fresh, great material; and more. Spare yourself untold writing hassle and join Elizabeth for this dynamic workshop.

The workshop is one activity in a full weekend during the inaugural “ReadOut” event which features 16 published authors reading from their work.  Other ReadOut activities which are free and open to all include a reception on Friday evening; a keynote address by Elizabeth Sims on Saturday morning as well as a full day of readings, book signings and sales; and a panel discussion on Sunday following the workshop.

ReadOut is produced by the LGBTQ Resource Center, a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library.  The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family.  For more information about the Resource Center, the Circle of Friends and ReadOut, go to www.mygulfport.us/gpl.  Visit the ReadOut event page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/173597636714684 or email questions to ReadOut2018@gmail.com.

Participating authors from around the country include: S.W. Anderson, Lila Bruce, Giovanna Capone, CD Cain, Stefani Deoul, Meredith Doench, Eunice Fisher, Susan Gore, Mercedes Lewis, Renee MacKenzie, Patty G. Henderson, Fay Jacobs, J.B. Marsden, RJ Samuel, and Alison R. Solomon. Genres represented by these authors include: Romance, Mystery, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Gothic Historical, Suspense, Dramatic Fiction, Paranormal, Humor, Poetry and Memoir.

Event Schedule:
Friday Feb 16:
7.00-8.00pm Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet at Gulfport Library
(Sponsored by ProSuzy)

Saturday Feb 17:
10:00-4:00 Vendor room open all day
10:30-11:30 Elizabeth Sims Keynote with Q&A: “Perils and
Payoffs: TheRisky Business of Researching for
Fiction”
11:40-12:30 Author readers
12:30-1:30 Lunch break
1:30-3:30 Author readers

Sunday Feb 18:
9.00am Breakfast for workshop participants
9:30-11.00 “Fearless Writing.” Workshop with Elizabeth Sims
(separate advanced registration required)
Sponsored by Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS)
11:15-12.30 Panel discussion, “Why Write for Lesbians?”

All Friday and Saturday events, as well as the Sunday panel discussion, are free and open to the public. Advanced registration and payment of a $15 fee are required for the Sunday writer’s workshop. Workshop registration forms can be downloaded at www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources. Spaces are limited. Only cash, checks or money orders will be accepted.

More Details:

Author Readings:
Immediately following the keynote, and all afternoon, authors who write for lesbians will be reading from their work. Genres include mystery, romance, historical, memoir, poetry, paranormal and humor.

Vendor Room:
Your opportunity to meet authors who will be signing and selling books all day in the library meeting room.

Keynote: Elizabeth Sims: “Perils and Payoffs: The Risky Business of Researching for Fiction”

Elizabeth Sims is author of the Rita Farmer Mysteries and the Lambda Award-winning Lillian Byrd Crime Series, internationally recognized authority on writing, contributing editor for Writer’s Digest.

An insider’s look at techniques that make today’s fiction jump off the page! Elizabeth will share the keys to finding out just about anything, from real people who know what they’re talking about. Also, she’ll discuss how to gain first-hand experience, having tagged along to movie auditions, attended class at Harvard Law School, played music on the street for money, used a firearm, talked with cops, opened and walked through countless scary doors, and much more. Her tales—often hilarious, always truthful—will give you a real taste of how serious writers bring authenticity to their work. Join Elizabeth for this unforgettable talk, with Q & A afterward.

Saturday lunch:
The library does not allow us to sell food onsite. There will be a one hour break in the program for folks to go into town to get lunch. We are partnering with a number of restaurants for participants to pre-order food so that it will be ready when they arrive at the restaurant. All restaurants are within a 10 minute walk of the library. For vendors and authors: We are offering authors and vendors the option to pre-order lunch which will then be delivered to the library so that you don’t need to leave the building. All are also welcome to bring your brown-bag lunch.

Sunday morning workshop:

Sponsored by Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS)

Elizabeth Sims: “Fearless Writing”

Writers commonly think they have to suffer through much fear and doubt in order to produce anything good. Elizabeth’s experience—and thus her message—is the opposite: Writing is easy and fun, provided we get out of our own way and let our natural talent and creativity take over. In this energizing workshop, she’ll help you find the heart of the book you want to write and convey your story zestfully and truly. You’ll learn how to work out a plan and start writing immediately, whether your book is fact or fiction. Writers with books in progress will find gold here too, because Elizabeth will provide tools every writer can use at any stage of a project.

The wisdom she’ll share is based on her own experience—and that of other storytellers dating back to prehistory. You’ll learn how to cut through angst and overcomplication with a better way to brainstorm; you’ll see how professionals power through a first draft; you’ll gain new perspectives with her Heart-Clutching Moment Plotting Method (works every time, plus it’s fun); you’ll discover how tangents can be the keys to fresh, great material; and more. Spare yourself untold writing hassle and join Elizabeth for this dynamic workshop.

Vendor Information:
There are still a few spots left. Vendors may only sell their own books and not those of friends or colleagues. Publishers are welcome to purchase a table on behalf of their authors who are present at the event.

While it is not a requirement, we do hope that all vendors will be willing to donate one book to the Gulfport Public Library.

ReadOut sponsors include: Golden Crown Literary Society, ProSuzy, Sinister Wisdom and SWIMWomen.

ReadOut is produced by the LGBTQ Resource Center, a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. For more information about the Resource Center, the Circle of Friends and ReadOut, go to www.mygulfport.us/gpl.

Questions? Email to: ReadOut2018@gmail.com

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