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What's it About?: Building a character from the ground up and figuring out what your book is about in the process.
Sunday September 19th, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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Elizabeth Brundage is the author of five novels, The Vanishing Point, All Things Cease to Appear, A Stranger Like You, Somebody Else’s Daughter, and The Doctor’s Wife. All Things Cease to Appear was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a WSJ best mystery of 2016 and was the basis for the Netflix film Things Heard and Seen starring Amanda Seyfried and James Norton. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Witness, New Letters, Greensboro Review, and elsewhere. She has taught at several colleges and universities, most recently at Skidmore College, where she was a visiting writer in residence, and lives with her family in Albany, New York.

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Writing the Hard Poem
Thursday, September 23rd, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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D. Colin is a poet, actor, and visual artist living in Troy, NY. As a multidisciplinary artist, she aims to inspire, empower and educate through poetry, paint and performance and is passionate about cultivating space for stories, healing and community. She is the author of two poetry collections, Dreaming in Kreyol and Said the Swing to the Hoop. She is also a Cave Canem, VONA and New York State Writers Institute fellow with degrees in English and Africana Studies. Since 2016, D. Colin has been running Poetic Vibe, a weekly open mic voted best in the Capital Region in 2019.

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From Manuscript to Book Deal: Pitching, Querying, and Selling your First Novel
Sunday September 19th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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Emily Layden's debut novel, ALL GIRLS, was named a New York Times Staff Pick, a People Book of the Week, and one of the most-anticipated books of 2021 by Town & Country, Good Housekeeping, Parade, E!Online, and Bustle. A graduate of Stanford University, she lives and writes in Albany. 

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How to Become the Creative Writer You Want to Be
Wednesday, September 22nd, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev) is the founder of The American Meditation Institute, originator of National Conscience Month and author of the new book, YOUR CONSCIENCE: The Key to Unlock Limitless Wisdom and Creativity and Solve All of Life’s Challenges. Mr. Perlmutter’s first book, The Heart and Science of Yoga® received six major Book of the Year awards, and was endorsed by Dean Ornish MD, Dr. Oz, and Bernie Siegel MD. Since 1996 Leonard has served as the editor of “Transformation” the journal of Yoga Science as Holistic Mind/Body Medicine. He has taught workshops on the benefits of the conscience, meditation and Yoga Science at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Kaiser Permanente, UConn School of Medicine, The New York Times Forum on Yoga, the Commonwealth Club of California, among others.

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Memoirama: Everything You Need To Know To Write Memoir
Tuesday, September 21st, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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Marion Roach Smith has taught a sold-out class called “Writing What You Know” since 1998. She is the author of four books, including The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text on Writing & Life. She is a former staff member of The New York Times and has written for Martha Stewart Living, Prevention, New York Daily News, Vogue, and Good Housekeeping.