Von's View - Random Book Reviews

 

Leigh Bardugo is a highly successful writer of fantasy novels for young adults. I am neither a young adult nor much of a reader of fantasy. I'm not sure what prompted me to pick up this book, perhaps it was something that went bump in the night. As I read this book, it occurred to me that we all were spoon fed fantasy as soon as someone began telling or reading to us the adventures of Hansel and Grettle or the hazards of swapping all of your money for a handful of beans....read more 

Writing Groups

Pick up the Spring Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) catalog!

New writing workshops -

  • Writing Our Way to Happiness
  • Writing and Being – Creative Journaling
  • Writing Your Memoirs -  Anne Crosman
  • Preserving Your Precious Memories Easily

And OLLI for Readers

  • May 4th– Discussion of “Sapiens: An Overview of Human History” by Yuval Noah Harari
  • OLLI members - Out to Lunch Book Group – Discuss books over lunch

At Camp Verde Community Library

Tuesday, April 10th 10:00a-noon: Open Book Book Club
A book club for readers sharing with readers. Come and tell other readers about books you’ve read. Continues the 2nd Tuesday of the Month. (This month in the Key Lime room.)

Tuesday, April 17th 10:00a-noon: Writing for Fun & More
Bring a sample of your writing to share. Meet other writers the 3rd Tuesday of the Month.

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If You Write for Children or Young Adults –

SCBWI Critiquenic Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Meets at Sedona Public Library Saturday, April 28th 10:00a-noon
It's a free event, open to any writer or illustrator wishing to have their work or portfolio critiqued by SCBWI staff. All genres will be represented: Picture book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult.

Materials Required: Bring 5 copies of no more than 5 pages of your current Work-In-Progress, printed on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, double-spaced, in 12 point readable font, with 1-inch margins. On the first page of the document, the author’s name and contact information appears in the top left corner.

  • 9:30a Check-in
  • 10:00a Brief Overview of Critiquing and Feedback Process
  • 10:15a Break Into Groups for Practicum

For information contact Tom Tate: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      

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At Cottonwood Public Library

  • Writing for Fun Tuesdays - 9:00a to 10:30a
  • Creative Writing Tuesdays - 10:45a - 12:30p
  • Great Conversations, a PBS television series, showcasing a diverse and fascinating array of authors and interviewers from a wide range of fields including politics, science, education, public journalism, and the arts. Cottonwood Public Library will host a discussion group facilitated by Velda Bice. The group will watch an episode of the program followed by a discussion of the featured author and their book, as well as topics covered in the episode. Continuing on the second Thursday of each month 10:00a to noon in the library's Meeting Room B.

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Short Story and Poetry Collection Professional Writers of Prescott (PWP)

If you have more than one well written short story, flash fiction story, or poem, submit them. Membership not required. The more varied the genre submissions, the more likely the Collection will be a raving success.We are accepting previously published stories, especially stories that have been published nationally or internationally. However, if you are submitting a piece that had been previously published, please include the publishing credits. This is not a contest. Submit your story and if it is accepted, you'll be notified. Ask for guidelines before for submitting your work. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2018 PWP monthly meetings will be held at the Prescott Public Library on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:00p to 7:45p in the Founders Suite on the Library’s 1st floor.

April 24 Open “Mike”- This is your chance to read your work to a live audience. We must limit “Mike” time to 5 minutes. Last year we had some fantastic Flash Fiction and some great poetry. If you have a piece you would like to read, you’ll have to signup at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  att: Joe Di (Open Mike)

PWP MEMBER EVENTS 
SATURDAY WORKSHOPS - free to PWP members 
June 30th Writers Workshop with Laraine Herring at Prescott Public Library from 10:00a to 12:30p. If you plan to attend, you must signup at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. att: Joe Di (Workshop)

Children’s Author Group: Contact Pat Frayne at (928) 713-6679 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Carol Levin’s Monthly Writing Workshops at Prescott Public Library. Register at prescottlibrary.info or call (928) 777-1526.

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Amber Polo, Camp Verde Library Volunteer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.