NaNoWriMo 2014 – Writers’ Workshop

Jesup Memorial Library kicks off National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo 2014 – with a writing workshop with award-winning author Cynthia Thayer on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Dialogue is Not Conversation: How to Make Your Dialogue Pop” is designed for both beginners and experienced writers of fiction and non-fiction. “Because dialogue is the heart and soul of good writing and the bane of bad, we will spend the day intensively examining all its aspects through writing exercises, discussion, good and bad examples, and critique,” Ms. Thayer said.

Since seating is limited to just 12 participants, a $20 deposit will hold your place in this intimate workshop. Mail or bring your check made payable to Jesup Memorial Library to the library at 34 Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor. Reservations are on a first come-first served basis. Your deposit will be fully refunded at the workshop; no-shows forfeit their deposit. Participants should plan to bring lunch, pens, and paper.

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring all NaNoWriMo events at the Jesup this year, including the Cynthia Thayer workshop.

Ms. Thayer’s first novel, “Strong for Potatoes,” published in 1998 by St. Martin’s Press, won the Rep’s Choice Award, was named best new fiction by Ingram Books, and was a Barnes and Noble “Discover” book. Her second novel, “A Certain Slant of Light,” was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2000. Algonquin Books published “A Brief Lunacy” in March 2005, and Random House published the paperback the following year. A chapter from her sequel to “Indigo Secrets” was awarded the short fiction prize by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance in 2013.

She earned her BA in British Literature from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and went on to do her graduate work in nineteenth-century British literature. After teaching high school English and theater in Massachusetts, she settled in Gouldsboro, Maine and has taught adult education classes at Sumner High School, workshops for Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and Schoodic Arts for All (which she founded), fiction writing with Turnstone Writers’ Workshop, and fiction writing at University of Maine at Machias, as well as many other retreats and workshops. For more on Ms. Thayer, check out her website.

Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a full day of mentoring with Cynthia Thayer.

For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email