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2018-01-11 / Lifestyles

So, you want to write a book …

Workshop to navigate nonfiction publishing process

Members can register for individual classes in the “So You Want to Write a Book” series for $10 each, or the entire series for $30. Nonmembers can register for the price of $20, or $50 for the series. Members can register for individual classes in the “So You Want to Write a Book” series for $10 each, or the entire series for $30. Nonmembers can register for the price of $20, or $50 for the series. Are you interested in publishing a book and becoming an author? If so, there is an opportunity available throughout the month of February. The Buffalo History Museum will be co-sponsoring with Buffalo State College a four-week workshop, “So You Want to Write a Book: Navigating the Non-Fiction Publishing Process,” which covers the process from start to finish.

This is the first time the workshop has been held at The Buffalo History Museum. There will be one class on each Saturday in February, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the museum’s auditorium, 1 Museum Court, Buffalo. The workshop is available for both museum members and nonmembers.

“Our library gets frequent requests for research, and we felt like this was a good way for people to properly understand copyright information that is out there,” said Megan MacNeill, the museum’s program and engagement coordinator. “This is a new venture for us, and we are looking forward to seeing the turnout at each event.”

The first part of the four-part series will be on Feb. 3, “Copyrights and Copywrongs.” This session will teach attendees nonfiction writing 101, how to get started with writing, and making sure all research is legal by showing examples of both proper and improper ways to show citations. Cynthia Van Ness, Dan Di- Landro and Stephanie Cole Adams will be the speakers for this event.

“For each part of this series, we have booked local community experts to speak and give insight on their experiences when it comes to nonfiction publications,” MacNeill said. “We want people to be well aware of how to get started and not feel like they are overwhelmed by the book publishing process.”

Part two, “Give Me Proof,” is on Saturday, Feb. 10, with Cynthia Van Ness, Dan DiLandro, Frank Kowsky and the WNY Indexers as guest speakers. This lesson will deal with bibliographies, footnotes and showing proof of authority.

“Roadblock Day” on Saturday, Feb. 17, will be a question-and-answer panel of local authors who have already been through the publishing process. Roseanne Higgins, Tom Reigstad and Shane Stephenson will talk about how to handle writer’s block and other problems that present themselves for authors.

“I think this is a great opportunity for people who are passionate about writing but looking to learn more about what it takes to publish a book,” MacNeill said. “With this being our first year co-hosting this series, we are looking forward to running this series for years to come.”

Week four will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24, with “Meet the Publishers.” This class deals with when an author is finished with the book. Speakers Marti Gorman and Brian Meyer will talk about book layout, marketing strategies, social media platforms, and distribution and circulation.

“We have another event we called the ‘Local Author Book Signing,’ and this February workshop goes hand in hand with that,” Mac- Neill said. “We love to see people enthusiastic about their work, and our hope is that this workshop helps push them to go publish a book or multiple books.”

Members can attend individual sessions for $10, or $30 for the entire series. General admission is $20 for individual sessions and $50 for the series. The Buffalo History Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday.

People can RSVP online at buffalohistory.org or call 873-9644, ext. 320. For a membership discount code, contact MacNeill at mmacneill@buffalohistory.org.

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