Class Schedule & Events


Events:

 
Middletown Thrall Library 
Local Authors Showcase

Saturday, April 29, 11 am - 2 pm
11-19 Depot Street
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 341-5454 

Join us for the fourth annual Local Authors Showcase. This time, the event features authors writing for adults only. Participants include: Frances Brown (writing as Claire Gem), Jennifer Circosta, Marina Kramer, Nicole Karr, Elaine Freed Lindenblatt, Tracey Lyons, and Carole Weaver Linser.  To view the authors books and bios please visit our website.


Swim Season
Book Reading & Signing

Tuesday, May 9, 6 pm-7:30 pm 
Middletown Thrall Library
11-19 Depot Street
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 341-5454

Stop by to learn more about  my latest release Swim Season. I'll be sharing my inspiration for the book and how I wrote it, including coming up with the timeline, the characters, and more. Books will be available for sale, $15. 


Classes:

 
Write Release Retail:
How to Become an Indie Author
 
Publishing your work and launching it into the literary marketplace is easier than ever now with the advent of self-publishing platforms like Kindle, Create Space, Smashwords, Pronoun, Kobo, and others. Aspiring authors have many opportunities to sell their work to readers all over the world via online booksellers and social media. Join me as I explain how to start your project; create a publishable manuscript; build your social media platform; choose your publishing partners; and promote and market your work. This class is recommended for anyone interested in self-publishing a novel, memoir, children's book, or non-fiction work. The first session will cover Write and Release; the second will cover Retail. 

Saturday, May 6 and 13, 2017, 9 am - 12 pm
SUNY Orange
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 341-4890
Register

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How to Independently 
Publish Your Own Book
 
With today's technology and the internet, you can do this yourself and share your work with friends, family, and readers all over the world. Sign up for the following classes where I will share my Adventures in Publishing and show you how I published my first novel in print, digital, and audiobook. Topics I'll cover include: changes in the publishing industry over the last ten years, including electronic publishing; the trend toward independent publishing and its growing acceptance among readers; why authors might choose to go this route rather than seek traditional publishing, and the pros and cons of each; as well as the work involved in publishing and marketing your own book. This class will be of interest to anyone thinking of publishing a book, whether it's a novel, poetry, memoir, family history, cookbook, etc.


Wednesday, June 7, 6 pm - 9 pm
SUNY Orange
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 341-4890
Register

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Social Media for Authors & Others
 
In our digital age we are constantly asked to tweet, post, share, follow and friend. What does all this mean? For authors seeking discoverability and others trying to build a platform in social media, all of this can be confusing and overwhelming. Join me for a two-hour hands-on workshop to learn how to make sense of Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. Develop skills to build your own "pages" and learn how to upload content, gain followers, and increase your online visibility. This is a course in basic social media skills for those interested in promoting themselves and their products to a global audience. Please bring a fully charged laptop or tablet. This is not required but may enhance your experience. 

Tuesday, June 13, 6 pm - 9 pm 
SUNY Orange
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 341-4890
Register

Tuesday, September 12, 6 pm - 9 pm 
SUNY Orange
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 341-4890

Tuesday, February 21, 2018, 6 pm - 9 pm 
SUNY Orange
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 341-4890


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How to Publish a Book with Amazon
Publishing a book on Amazon is not as daunting as it seems. Free tools are available to help you create an eBook, paperback, and audiobook. Join Middletown author Marianne Sciucco (Blue Hydrangeas, Swim Season) for a three-hour workshop to learn how to prepare your manuscript for publication, upload your files to the Amazon publishing sites, position your book for the market, and promote your book once it’s available to the public. To enhance your experience it is suggested that you bring a fully charged laptop or tablet to this class.


Tuesday, July 18, 6 pm - 9 pm
Mount Saint Mary College
Desmond Campus
6 Albany Post Road
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 565-2076
Register

Saturday, September 23, 10 am - 1 pm
Mount Saint Mary College Desmond Campus
6 Albany Post RoadNewburgh, NY 12550
(845) 565-2076

Tuesday, October 7, 6 pm-9 pm
SUNY Orange
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 341-4890

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6 pm – 9 pm
SUNY Orange
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 341-4890
Register

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