Free workshop on self-publishing

Quesnel Wordspinners offer options to authors on how to self-publish their work

Lin Weich

Lin Weich

From its casual beginnings in 1975, Quesnel Wordspinners has changed its name but never its focus.

Starting with a deep interest in writing, the group also is committed to supporting fellow writers and showcasing local writing talent. Due to the challenges of having one’s work published, more and more writers are looking for options that might better suit their needs.

To this end Quesnel Wordspinners is offering a free workshop March 23, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. regarding options for self publishing.

“Traditional publishing isn’t the way to anymore,” group member Lin Weich said.

“Self publishing seems to be the future for the majority of writers who find it frustrating to pursue traditional avenues. Writers need to have options to get their work to the public.”

She added regardless of what a writer’s subject, the goal is to have their work preserved.

“Every family or community needs its history, stories and talents recorded; its a legacy for the future,” Weich said.

The workshop will be of value to writers regardless of what genre they chose.

Three presenters will discuss various aspects to self-publishing.

Weich, a retired teacher and author, will speak on print on demand publishing, drawing on her own experience.

Barb King, owner of Social Media Divas website, will discuss the how, what, where and why of ebook publishing.

Pam Crocker-Teed, a local business woman, will explain the mechanics of local book publication: things you should know, mistakes to avoid and local options for publishing.

The day will finish with a question and answer period with the three presenters.

The workshop is in partnership with Literacy Quesnel.

“Rebecca Beuschel has been very accommodating, supplying us with advice and a venue for the workshop,” Word Spinner Linda Hermanson said.

The group also receive a grant from the Quesnel and District Community Arts Council, of which they are a member, to make this workshop possible.

With spaces limited to 25, early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment.

To register, phone Pam Crocker-Teed, 250-747-0088 before March 21.

Lunch is available by donation.

The workshop is being held at 206-488 McLean St.