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"The Art of Writing" Luncheon and Seminar


In cooperation with The Junior League of Montclair-Newark and The New Jersey Press Women, The Newark Public Library is holding a fund-raising luncheon and writing seminar on Thursday, December 3, 1998 at The Manor in West Orange. Boarders Bookstore, Livingston, N.J., is a sponsor of the event, which is co-chaired by Mary Jane Frankel and Beth Milke. All proceeds from the benefit will be matched by the library's National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant. At the luncheon, which begins at noon, five notable literary figures will be honored: Danielle Steel, Mary Higgins Clark, Charles Flowers, Benilde Little, and Sharon Dennis Wyeth. A silent auction will precede the luncheon. Afterwards, there will be a book signing, followed by a "Creative Writing Workshop" presented by Sharon Dennis Wyeth, and a "Research Writing Workshop" presented by Nancy Eisenbarth.

Mary Higgins Clark is the author of fifteen novels and three short story collections, all of which have been national best-sellers.

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 360 million copies of her novels sold.

Charles Flowers is a free-lance writer. He attended Harvard and studied briefly at the University of Rome. He has taught creative writing and literature at the University of Rochester and has written or co-authored 48 books on such diverse topics as pre-Columbian America and contemporary politics. He has won awards for his fiction, his university teaching and his drama criticism.

Benilde Little is the author of the best-selling novel Good Hair, which was selected as one of the ten best books of 1996 by the Los Angeles Times. She is a former reporter for People and senior editor at Essence.

Sharon Dennis Wyeth brings a variety of experiences to her work as an author for children. She has been a family counselor as well as an actress and a television writer. A graduate of Harvard, she is the author of Always My Dad, illustrated by Raul Colón, a Reading Rainbow book, as well as the Ginger Brown books, among others.

Nancy Eisenbarth, who will present the research writing workshop, "Literary Spadework: Researching Danielle Steel," did some "fact-checking" twenty years ago for Danielle Steel's historical novel, The Ring. That first task grew into acting as research assistant for the prolific best-selling author. She holds a degree in History from the University of Tennessee, which has given her the qualified background to research 35 books which range in dates from 1886 to the present.

Tickets for the event ($75 for the luncheon; $100 for luncheon and workshop) may be purchased through The Junior League of Montclair-Newark or The Newark Public Library. For more information, call Nancy Allen at (973) 228-1902.


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