Author signings and workshops coming up

  • Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013 12:38 p.m.

SALISBURY — As a kickoff to Black History Month, Literary Bookpost will host two African-American authors on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 1-3 p.m.

Author Michelle Harbin is a motivational speaker and breast cancer survivor. Her goal is to motivate others to make healthy lifestyle choices by incorporating preventive methods against cancer. Harbin is a veteran and founder of Multiple Partner Fertility Inc. She participated in a local author showcase at Mooresville Library. Her new novel, “You Are the Father,” concerns information regarding family values and solutions to multiple partner fertility ramifications and the effect it has on men, women and children in our society.

Also attending is Rolanda Turner. She, too, was a participant in the local author showcase and has written a memoir titled “The Call.” The book is designed to be an encouragement to others who are struggling with the pitfalls of life. The author states that she wrote the book to be a tool to help others by giving them a sense of hope.

Workshop at Weathers Creek

The Farm at Weathers Creek, in Cleveland, will offer a workshop with Carrie Knowles on Saturday, Feb. 16, on “Moving from Memoir to Fiction.”

This class will talk about how to use memoir and memories to create short stories and more. In moving from memoir to fiction, participants will explore the difference between the “truth” of what happened and the emotional truth of what happened to the character.

The emphasis of the class will be on the development of the emotional truth and how characters move through the landscape of your memories and your memoir to define and develop their own emotional truth about what happened. It will look at how the real life setting (both time and place)of the memoir helps shape the emotional truth for the characters.

There will be a number of short writing exercises during the workshop. Students should come prepared with a short memoir piece (100-500 words) to read and discuss.

Knowles has written and published in both fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in magazines and literary journals, including Glimmer Train, the News and Observer, The Sun, and Mother’s Today. She has won numerous awards. Her non-fiction book, “The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer’s” (Random House 2000), has been named one of the top 100 books written about Alzheimer’s. Her upcoming novel, “Lillian’s Garden” (Roundfire Books 2013) will be released simultaneously in the United States and the United Kingdom on April 26. Her website is

Workshop session fee is $75, which includes lunch. To reserve your seat, send a check for $40 (balance of $35 due day of workshop.) Workshops are limited to 14 participants. Gift certificates are available. All sessions will start promptly at 10 a.m. and end at approximately 3 p.m. For questions, contact or call 704-662-0187. Directions to The Farm at Weathers Creek and more details will be sent to participants. Registration deadline is Feb. 13.

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