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Tools of the Trade: A Writers' Fair
By: Kathleen O'Connor

Tools of the Trade: A Writers’ Fair

Writers and teachers of writing will share their expertise with young writers, first-time writers, ESL writers, or experienced writers who wish to improve. Come and learn about the National Directory of Editors and Writers, style guides, grammar guides, copyrights, books and organizations to improve your writing, put you in touch with other writers, and help you get your written work published. This opportunity is for writers of all ages, all occupations, all avocations to gather and share their dreams and experiences. We will bring ours; you bring yours!


Saturday, February 24, 2007

Borders Book Store

5533 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

(See Area Guides Events Calendar)


offered by


Kathleen O’Connor

Quality Editing

Thurmont, MD

I began my editorial business in 1980 as a college student at Michigan State University where I earned a B.A. in English with a Michigan Secondary Teaching Certificate, and taught school for 10 years while taking other graduate-level coursework. Although I was a good teacher, two experiences altered my course toward publishing. First, a high school principal challenged me to do what I purported to teach—to write. Second, I found myself not only helping others to write, but also collecting their work in informal anthologies. I saw that I wanted to write, and publish—and help others do the same! I met that challenge, have seen my words in print, and have become expert in using various style manuals and knowledgeable of many very useful resources. On this day, I will be pleased freely to assist you with your manuscript and share with you my resources.


Melissa Petersen

Maryland Writing Project

Walkersville, MD

A coordinator of the Maryland Writing Project’s Student Writers’ Workshop, a summer writing program for students entering grades 7-12. Although both coordinators are Frederick County Public School teachers, any students in the area are welcome to apply. The Maryland Writing Project is a part of the National Writing Project, an organization of teachers, writers, and teachers of writing. I will share a lesson in how to write “found” poetry.


Ann Marshall, Novelist

Emmitsburg, MD

Until recently, I never called myself a writer because writing was always something I did on the side. I free-lanced short stories (fairly successfully) when the kids were little, or wrote press releases and mission statements for causes I espoused. Writing manuals was part of several grants I received from the Maryland State Department of Education. For over a year, I wrote an opinion column for The Frederick News-Post. Sometimes I wrote a poem just because I felt like writing a poem. A few years ago, I tackled a novel, Crooked Lines. Believe me, when I finished I was quite pleased with myself. I did not guess that more than a year after typing THE END, I would still not have found an agent or publisher. We writers must brace ourselves for rejection, of course, but I haven’t been rejected. The simple truth is that no one in the publishing business has read even a few chapters of Crooked Lines. HELP. (Member of Romance Writers of Washington)


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