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Writing Workshop Program: Larry Sweazy at the Goshen Public Library

Larry Sweazy

Nov. 6, 2021
12:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Goshen Public Library
601 South 5th Street
Goshen, IN 46526

To register, call 574.533.9531

Larry Sweazy will present “The Big Secret: Starting and Finishing Your Novel,” a Writing workshop, at 12 p.m. et on saturday, nov. 6, at Goshen public library.

Attendees will meet in the auditorium at Goshen Public Library; masks will be recommended but not required. The number of participants will be limited so attendees must register by calling the library at 574-533-9531. Drinks will be provided but no food will be available.

Here’s the big secret about writing novels: The hardest part of writing a novel is finishing it. The day by day grind it takes to write a novel can be overwhelming. Great ideas tire out. Real life gets in the way. Doubt over takes the dream. In this interactive workshop, Larry D. Sweazy will share proven tips and help beginning and seasoned writers alike to build the skills that they need to finish that special novel. Topics discussed will be time management, building a toolbox, finding support, writing tips, and most importantly living life as writer—even if they’re not published. Students should come prepared to write in class. Exercises include determining how many words can be written in a sitting, character creation, designing titles, writing query letters, and submission techniques. This workshop is designed to jump start a writers dream and turn it into a happy reality.

LARRY D. SWEAZY is a multiple-award winning author of 18 novels, 34 short stories, and over 80 non-fiction articles and book reviews. An early reader, he was raised in a home filled with paperback books brought home from the factory and watched a lot of 1960s westerns and 1970s detective shows on television. Stories have always been a safe place to turn to in difficult times, and early on Larry thought he might want to be a writer. A notebook, a journal, and something to read were always close by. After a stint in the United States Air Force, he worked a lot of jobs, including time spent as an insurance salesman, a restaurant manager, a janitor, and for the last 23 years, he has worked as a freelance back-of-the-book indexer as well as writing fiction. As an indexer, Larry has written indexes for over 1000 books on a wide variety of topics ranging from computer science, cookbooks, and anthropology books. His career as an indexer inspired the Marjorie Trumaine Mystery series, and Larry continues to work in the field today (indexing only books that interest him).  

Larry was 49 when his first novel, The Rattlesnake Season (2009), was published. Since then, he has been awarded eight national writing awards, including the Western Writers of America Spur Award (2), Best Books of Indiana Award (1), the Will Rogers Medallion Award (2), the Elmer Kelton Book Award (1), the Willa Award (1), and most recently the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for Best Novel (1). He has also been short-listed and been a finalist for four awards and has served as an award judge for several well-known genre writing organizations. His books have been translated in Italy and Turkey. He currently serves on the faculty and board of directors for the Midwest Writers Workshop, is a member the faculty for the Indiana Writers Center, teaches writing workshops, and speaks about creativity and writing as often as possible. Larry lives in Noblesville, Indiana with his wife, Rose, and is hard at work on his next novel. More information can be found at