Free family day is Saturday, June 10, at the Washington County Museum.

NATE RAUSCHERT/NR PHOTOGRAPHY - Authors Damien, Tonya, Helena and Raymond Macalino of Hillsboro will lead of workshop on how to publish a book during the free Family Day at the Washington County Museum on June 10.Hillsboro authors Tonya, Raymond, Damien and Heléna Macalino want to share the joy of writing with the greater community.

The four published authors (parents and two children) will conduct a workshop at the Washington County Museum on Saturday, June 10, during the museum's monthly free family morning.

The end-of-school party, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will help bring out the story inside everyone. Is there a story hiding inside you? Learn to pull that idea out, give it a shine and put it on display for the world to see.

Your story can be anything from a favorite childhood memory, to a pirate adventure, to a cupcake mystery, to your grandfather's favorite tale.

Bring it to the museum, 120 E. Main St. in Hillsboro, and the Macalino authors will show you how to lay it out into the form of a story and make it into a book that you can share with friends and family.

Tonya Macalino, author of "The Gates of Aurona" children's chapter book series, as well as several adult supernatural thrillers, taught a similar writing workshop at Hillsboro's Jackson Elementary School and at last summer's Tuesday Night Market.

"The idea is to get your brain into play mode and play with your idea," she said. "We'll be talking though the parts of a story and filling in a skeleton book."

Tonya said they'll also address ways to publish a book online, either for the a small audience or a larger one.

"The Gates of Aurona" series is based on mythology from the Dolomites mountain range in Italy and is intertwined with history from the Hillsboro area.

Tonya's husband Raymond has published several children's picture books. Her son Damien's latest is a superhero graphic novel for kids,"Supermoo: Boom, Boom, Splat," published in April 2016. And daughter Heléna is in the midst of an early reader series called "The Wish Fish."

Damien and Heléna's story about how Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens came to be is published in the 25th anniversary anthology book by SMART —Start Making A Reader Today, an Oregon nonprofit that provides hundreds of volunteers that read to children, as well as provide children with free books.

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