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Workshops For Aspiring Writers At Tewksbury Library

Tewksbury Public Library

Event Registration
Please register online using our Calendar of Events at or by calling 978- 640-4490.  We strongly recommend registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for generously sponsoring our programs.

Monday, July 27, 2pm
There is a lot of confusion about what is happening in the job market now and many of you are wondering how to search for a job during this time. While the conditions are different, it's important to keep moving forward. This session will offer you realistic strategies for managing your search, including tips for strengthening your resume and LinkedIn profile, effective networking, and staying motivated. Elizabeth and Tammy will encourage audience participation, so bring your questions and tips to share! Led by Elizabeth Gross and Tammy Gooler Loeb. Gross is the owner and career coach at Job Search Divas, where she helps people to manage all aspects of their job search journey. In addition to being a professional career counselor, Loeb hosts "Work from the Inside Out," a podcast featuring interviews with people who have made significant career transitions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Creating Your Book For Children: Shape It, Submit It, See It In Print ON ZOOM (*RR)
Monday, July 27, 5:30pm
Having a children's book published in today's tough market may seem like an impossible dream. But, in reality, getting your book idea into shape and into print can hinge on just the right advice from a pro. Do you need an agent? Should you connect with an artist? What about self-publishing? In this workshop, nationally-known author Peter Mandel will pass on the insider's tips writers need to know in order to create a marketable first book and get it into the hands of exactly the right gatekeepers in the publishing world. Peter Mandel is the author of eleven books for children including "Jackhammer Sam" (Macmillan), "Zoo Ah-Choooo" (Holiday House), "Bun, Onion, Burger" (Simon & Schuster), "Planes at the Airport" (Scholastic), and "Say Hey! A Song of Willie Mays" (Hyperion). He’s a regular contributor to the travel sections of The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Huffington Post. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Tewksbury Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

How To Publicize Your Book: Advice For New & Aspiring Authors (Panel Discussion) ON ZOOM (*RR)
Tuesday, July 28, 7pm
Authors today not only have to write a good book, but help it get into the right hands. Learn how to toot your own horn, write your own blog, do social media, and plan your own publicity from a panel of successful local authors. Matty Dalrymple, Jeannette de Beauvoir, Beth Kanell, and Sarah Smith are members of Sisters in Crime New England, a group of authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, and librarians bound by their passion for the mystery genre and their support of women who write mysteries. Matty Dalrymple is the author of the Lizzy Ballard thrillers, the Ann Kinnear suspense novels, and the Ann Kinnear suspense shorts. Jeannette de Beauvoir is a Cape Cod-based, award-winning author and Booksense Book Of The Year. de Beauvoir writes mystery and historical fiction that’s been translated into 12 languages. Beth Kanell lives in northeastern Vermont, with a mountain at her back and a river at her feet. She writes poems, hikes the back roads and mountains, and digs into Vermont history to frame her “history-hinged” novels: "The Long Shadow," "The Darkness Under the Water," "The Secret Room," and "Cold Midnight." Her poems have appeared in various regional publications and online. She has several blogs and Facebook pages, and believes that publicity today involves becoming engaged in community at multiple levels. Sarah Smith is an Agatha winner and Massachusetts Book Award winner for her novel, "The Other Side of Dark." She has written a bestselling adult mystery series set in the Edwardian period -- two of the books were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her standalone novel about the Shakespeare authorship, "Chasing Shakespeares," has been made into a play. Her latest novel, "Crimes and Survivors," is set in 1912 and involves the sinking of The Titanic.

How To Publish Your Book -- Advice For Aspiring Authors (Panel Discussion) ON ZOOM (*RR)
Thursday, July 30, 7pm
For writers and those interested in the publishing process, three authors from the New England Indie Authors Collective will discuss their experiences publishing their work. This panel discussion covers a range of topics, including agents, small presses, and self-publishing. The presenters have published in a range of genres, including historical fiction, tech thrillers, and romantic comedy. The New England Indie Authors Collective is a diverse group of local writers and playwrights whose work has been published by independent presses. Members include Jenny Pivor, Jason Rubin, and Randy Ross. Jenny Pivor is both an artist and a writer. Her kaleidoscope of creative careers includes teaching art, clothing design, web design, and even owning a self-publishing company. She is the author of two novels, "OMG" and "The Closing," as well as the non-fiction picture book, "Boston Dogs." Jason M. Rubin has been a professional writer since 1985. His first novel, "The Grave and the Gay," was published in 2012. "Ancient Tales Newly Told," his second volume, combines his latest work of historical fiction, "King of Kings," with a revised version of "The Grave and the Gay." He contributes arts criticism to The Arts Fuse. Randy Ross is a novelist, humorist, and performer. His dark romantic comedy “God Bless Cambodia” was published in 2017. His one-man show, based on the novel, has been featured at theater festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Previously, he was executive editor for PC World magazine. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Tewksbury Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency

DIY Lip Balm ON ZOOM (*RR)
Wednesday, July 29, 6pm
Learn how to create your own lip balm! There will be a pick up day during the week of 7/29 to get your supplies from the library.  At 6 pm on the 29th, join us on Zoom to learn how to create your lip balm.  This event is open to grades 6-12 only. This is an online event via Zoom. An invite will be sent at least an hour prior to the start of the program to the email given at registration. Please do not use a school email address. Be sure to check your clutter/junk/spam boxes if the invite does not appear in your inbox. Please have Zoom downloaded prior to the start of the event.

Summer Sprouts Story Time ON FACEBOOK
Monday, July 27, 10:30am
Story time for infants and toddlers with Miss Heather! Join her for stories, songs, movement and more! This program will run live on the library’s Facebook page (

Yoga Story Time on FACEBOOK
Monday, July 27, 7pm
Join us live on our Facebook page for Yoga Storytime! Hear a story and do some relaxing stretches with Miss Kat. This program will run live on the library's Facebook page (

Tuesday, July 28, 11am
Join Miss Kat for songs, movement, and a story or two! This program will run live on the library's Facebook page (

Little Einsteins: The Science On Shadows ON FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE
Wednesday, July 29, 2pm
Every other week, Miss Heather will be posting a science video aimed at ages 3-6!  This week, join us to learn about and explore shadows! View the video on the library’s Facebook page ( and YouTube page ( Suggested materials: Flashlight; Colored sidewalk chalk; Objects to test and to make shadows with; and Cardboard or thick paper to make puppets; Bags of supplies (chalk) will be outside the library on Wednesday, 7/29 at 10AM, and are first come, first served. If you aren’t able to get a bag, don’t worry! We try to use materials that you already have or can easily get.

World Bird Sanctuary! ON ZOOM (*RR)
Thursday, July 30, 2pm
Have you ever wondered whooo inspired a ghost story? Or maybe what animal the Igbo people revere? Join the naturalists from the World Bird Sanctuary for a program all about the ways animals inspire myths and legends across the globe! We will be watching it on Zoom, and we hope that you can join us. Please register one attendee for the one device that will be streaming this program. You can have as many people as you like watching with you! If you can't make it or the program is full, don't worry! A recording of this performance will be available for two weeks. This program is funded by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.

Virtual Maker Craft: Super Snow Globes ON FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE
Friday, July 31, noon
Watch a video to show you how to make some really cool crafts! Every week we will post a new fun tutorial.  Visit the library’s Facebook page ( or YouTube channel ( to view the video. This week, we will be learning how to make Super Snow Globes! Suggested materials: A glass or see-through plastic jar; Lego figure with blocks OR small plastic figures; Glitter; Super Glue OR hot glue gun OR bathroom sealer; Glycerin (optional but recommended); and Water.

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