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Year of the Book

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Jan 2, 2014 1:40 PM

If you’ve ever thought about writing a book, you are not alone. According to a survey,  over 80% of Americans have considered writing a book at some point.

In September of 2012, one group of aspiring authors decided to make that goal a reality by participating in a series of workshops and classes offered at the Paul Smith Library in Shrewsbury, PA. The program, led by library director Demi Stevens, was called “Year of the Book”. Some had completed manuscripts already; others had only a concept and a desire. But with group sessions, step-by-step instructions and a lot of encouragement, some 30  participants manage to complete and self-publish their books. The types of books included fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, memoirs and art books.

The success of the venture has led Demi Stevens to leave her position as library director and launch full time into the business of helping authors complete their books. Year of the Book 2.0 classes begin in January 2014. Writers groups will be forming throughout the next 12 months in three areas: writing, editing and marketing. There's more information at the Year of the Book website.

Below you can hear our interview with Demi Stevens and some of the authors from the program.


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