Authors to offer tips to aspiring scribes in Texas Writes! program at Marble Falls library

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

MARBLE FALLS — Sitting down to write a novel, memoir or other piece is very challenging, but the Writers’ League of Texas along with the Tocker Foundation want to help aspiring and struggling scribes put those words down on the page.

The two groups are hosting Texas Writes! on March 9 at the Marble Falls Public Library, 101 Main St.“Basically, it’s an opportunity for people who want to write or are already writing to get some help from some published authors,” said Mary Jackson, the library’s director. “The authors will be giving presentations, but they’ll be also taking questions.”

Participants can even schedule one-on-one time with one of the authors for critiques or advice.

“One of the things we want to do is talk to writers, aspiring writers and even those fooling around and keeping a journal who may be just exploring the idea of writing,” said Carol Dawson, an author who is one of three conducting the program.

The three-hour workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. features Scott Wiggerman, Suzy Spencer and Dawson. Each will be presenting a topic.

Even the general public can learn a bit about the writing process if they attend, Dawson said.

“We all have a process that we approach our work with,” she said. “We want to talk about the process and what goes into creating a book.”

Wiggerman starts off the program with “Poetic Effects: Words at the Speed of Sounds,” with Spencer’s discussion, “Writing Sex and Murder: Reality versus Fantasy” following at 11 a.m. and Dawson capping off the event with “The Crucial Importance of Voice” at noon.

All three of the authors bring lots of experience in the writing and publishing fields.

Spencer has written four true-crime books. Her book “Wasted” earned a spot on the New York Times bestseller list while Investigation Discovery selected her “Wages of Sin” to be part of an upcoming TV program.

Wiggerman is a poet with his book “Presence” earning praise.

Dawson brings both teaching and practical experience to the program. She’s led many workshop programs in both fiction and nonfiction formats. As a novelist and nonfiction author, she’s written six books. Some of her titles include “The Waking Spell,” “The Body of Knowledge” and “Meeting the Minotaur.”

“It’s a free program,” Jackson said. “But we need people to register. We’re really excited about this program coming to Marble Falls. We have a very active writing group here, and I think this workshop will inspire more people to pick up their pen or sit down at their computer and write.”

For more information or to register, call (830) 693-3023 or stop by the library.

daniel@thepicayune.com