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Local authors release ebooks

Cheryl Reavis’ historical novel, “The Bride Fair,” set in post-Civil War Salisbury and winner of the coveted Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best Short Historical Novel the year it was published, has been re-released in ebook format. It will be available online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and wherever digital ebooks are sold.

Author Richard Dukes has a new book, “The Forgotten Son,” available as an ebook. The story takes place during the Vietnam War era and features Hugh Thornwell, a character who leaves a secret behind in Vietnam that will come back and disrupt his life.

The story begins in New Orleans in 1971, when Hugh is an attorney and happily married until his secret reappears.

Dukes is from Orangeburg, S.C., and has spent a career in sales. He lives in Salisbury and Myrtle Beach and has been married 48 years. The couple has one daughter and two grandchildren.

The book is available at mybookorders.com/orderpage/1407; contact Dukes at gene.dukes@yahoo.com.

These one-day intensive classes, for any level writer, meet on Saturdays, 12-5, at Providence Presbyterian Church, Providence Road, in Charlotte. Registration is in advance only, by mail or online at www.twwoa.org. Financial aid in exchange for volunteering is available. For more information, please contact writersw@gmail.com or 828-254-8111.

July 19: Writing Your Memoirs with Karen Ackerson. Participants will learn how to turn personal and family experiences into a compelling memoir for family and friends or for publication. In-class writing exercises will help to identify life-changing events, to be used as the backbone of a memoir. Discussion will include creating a sense of place, dialogue, and enhancing one’s writing style. Ackerson, a biographer and senior editor at The Renbourne Editorial Agency, has taught workshops throughout the Southeast.

Aug. 2: Writing for Magazines, Journals and Newspapers with Jodi Helmer. In this class, students will learn how to develop ideas for articles, and how to turn life experiences into essays for national magazines, newspapers and literary journals. Discussion will cover the elements of a successful article, what editors are looking for, how to submit your work and where to find the best markets for publishing stories and essays. The class includes writing exercises and review.  Helmer has been published in National Geographic, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Natural Health and Traveler, among others.

 Aug. 16:  SCREENPLAY WRITING with Nathan Ross Freeman

Participants will receive an overview of writing for the screen, and how to produce a film of your script. Various formats, structures and techniques will be discussed, as well as tips on creating interesting characters and realistic dialogue. Students may bring a screenplay idea or synopsis to the class for review. Freeman won the N.C. Arts Council Fellowship and the Great Lakes Film Festival Screenplay Contest.

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