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Kendy Pearson will return to the area to teach a writing seminar called 'Hone Your Craft'

The Newberg Public Library will host a workshop featuring author Kendy Pearson for anyone interested in learning how to write professionally.Pearson

Pearson, a former high school teacher, will host the classes for those interested in both fiction and nonfiction at the library on Hancock Street. The workshop is titled "Hone Your Craft" and will look at what writing skills are needed in order to get published. Following that, attendees will look at techniques for solid writing. In the final workshop, those attending will learn how to edit before jumping into editing their own material.

Denise Reilly, director of adult services at the library, said Pearson has appeared at the library before and they selected from nearly 10 of the different workshops she offers. She added that Pearson approached the library with the idea to return to Newberg.

"People really enjoy them," she said of the workshops.

Reilly said the one-day event is good for anyone, whether they want to write mystery stories or their own memoirs. While Pearson said almost any age is fine, Reilly said Newberg wanted to set the benchmark as high school age.

Pearson now splits her time between teaching and writing fiction, and serves as a writing coach and critique group leader. She has written several children's books, three historical novel manuscripts, and has published more than 200 articles and stories. She has earned two Cascade Awards and a Genesis Award.

Reilly said the expectation is around 12 to 20 people will attend the workshop, a good size as it adds to the learning experience.

"It's attended by people who really want to learn," she said.

There will be four separate sessions during the workshop. Reilly added that attendees should bring their own bagged lunch, as there is a break in the middle of the day.

For more information or to pre-register, call the library at 503-538-7323.

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