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The public is invited to learn the tools and techniques established writers use to get their ideas on paper at a free 12-week fiction writing class at the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

The classes start Feb. 6 and will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, except for the Feb. 6 class which will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

The series includes a range of topics presented by local authors and coordinated by Alan Rose, author of "The Legacy of Emily Hargrove," "Tales of Tokyo" and "The Unforgiven." Rose, who also hosts "Book Chat" on the local access KLTV station, will lead some of the sessions of the collaboration between the library and WordFest.

The public can attend anywhere from one of the sessions to all of the sessions.

Registration is not required, but to help prepare materials and handouts, people are asked to indicate their participation by contacting Elizabeth Partridge at the library at 360-442-5321 or

The schedule

• Feb. 6: Once Upon a Time —  Elements of Storytelling by Leslie Slape.

• Feb. 13: Making a Good First Impression - Developing Characters by Alan Rose.

• Feb. 20: Welcome to My World —  Narrative Voice and Point of View by Joseph Green.

• Feb. 27: Setting the Bones —  Plotting a Story by Alan Rose.

• March 6: He Said, She Said —  Creating Dialogue by Alan Rose.

• March 13: Sense of Place, Character and Tone —  Uses of Settings b Alan Rose.

• March 20: Grounding Your Story In the World —  Writing from the Senses by Mary Stone and Charlotte Conklin.

• March 27: Stirring Up Trouble —  Uses of Conflict by Mary Stone and Charolette Conklin.

• April 3: DIY Editing —  Self-Editing for Writers by Leslie Slape.

• April 10: It's All About Love (and Lust) —  Writing Romance Novels by Laura Baird.

• April 17: Have I Got a Story for You —  Writing Memoirs by Alan Rose.

• April 24: Etc. — Creativity, Resources and Mechanics of Writing by a panel of writers.


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