OSWEGO, NY – A book project whose seeds sprouted almost two years ago is reaching fruition and should be in area bookstores in late September, with our first reading, book signing from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at river’s end book store, 19 W. Bridge St., with our celebration party following at 7:30 p.m.
Professional writer Bob Comenole has been leading workshops in Oswego in memoir, fiction, poetry and other subjects, off and on, for quite some time.
Numerous would-be authors have gathered at the river’s end bookstore for these seminars.
Comenole’s approach is very tech-savvy: power point presentations augmented group activities, and the entire session is recorded and quickly offered on-line to the participants.
Master classes followed up the introductory sessions, and finally writers were invited to join an anthology project – a substantial book.
The final stages concentrated on editing, first in group sessions, one-on-one phone conversations, rewrites and, at last, final formatting, copy editing and proofreading.
Participants got a strong feeling for both the creative and publishing processes.
Cover art by Mindy Ostrow and a title were generated and the resultant book features 25 authors from very diverse backgrounds, writing in widely varied styles and on numerous subjects in poetry, fiction, humor, children books, essay and memoirs.
Oswego will never be the same through these small writing workshops because of the talents that are rising, but also because the conversations created connections that developed into strong friendships that will last a lifetime.
The anthology, called Driftwords, will be properly presented in late September.