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Book notes: March 9, 2014

By Staff reports
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Bran Stoker Award-winner Michael Knost will offer free writing classes.

Book assist

It's been said every person has at least one book lurking inside, waiting to be written. However, that book is not going to just leap to your computer screen or typewriter without flaws - it will take time, persistence and guidance to get it there. That's why it's important to get professional instruction.

 Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Knost will be offering FREE writing classes at the South Charleston Community Center, 601 Jefferson Road, South Charleston. The classes will begin in meeting room No. 2 on Saturday, March 29, from 6 to 9 p.m.

"I was forced to leave West Virginia to find workshops with professional writers when I started," Knost said in a recent interview. "I had to travel to New York, Kansas, Maryland, and several other locations to get the quality training needed, and spent ridiculous amounts of money to attend each one. I want to give back to my community by offering these classes at no cost."

The classes will focus on plot, character, dialogue and point of view. No enrollment is required, just show up with note-taking material.

Knost was the recipient of the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for his book "Writers Workshop of Horror" and the author of the recently released novel "Return of the Mothman."

Library happenings

The Cross Lanes Library Advisory Board and the Woman's Club of Cross Lanes will host the 15th Anniversary of the Cross Lanes Branch Library's (new) library building Saturday.

Drop by between 12 and 1:30 p.m. to see displays of the library's former home in the "little round building," the construction of the "new" building, and special events from the past.

Come share your memories of almost 40 years of library service to the Cross Lanes community. Refreshments provided by the Woman's Club of Cross Lanes and the Cross Lanes Library Advisory Board.

Knitting class

Have you wanted to knit but been confused by numbers, stitches and yarns? This one-hour class will demystify the language and tools of the knitter, and you will learn the basic skills needed to get started. Needles and yarn will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. The class will be taught by Martha Spalding Mozingo, a lifelong West Virginia resident. Registration required. Adults and teens.

• Riverside Public Library: March 17, 6 p.m.

• Sissonville Branch Library: March 24, 5:30 p.m.

• Clendenin Branch Library: April 5, 11 a.m.

• Main Library in Charleston: April 7, 4:30 p.m.

• Elk Valley Branch Library: April 14, 6 p.m.

College prep

High school graduation day is approaching fast.  Join Fanica J. Payne, MSW Admissions counselor for West Virginia State University, as she explains the steps you'll need to take in preparing for college.

• Elk Valley Branch Library: March 18, 6 p.m.

• Dunbar Branch Library: April 15, 6:30 p.m. 

• St. Albans Branch Library: May 5, 6 p.m.

Flea market smarts

Have you ever wanted to know how to buy or barter for the items you want? Come and learn how to buy and sell at your local flea market. If you need to clean out your closets or want to set up your dream job as your own boss at the flea market this is the discussion for you. You will learn how to set up your booth and make your trash someone else's treasure.

• Elk Valley Branch Library: March 25, 6 p.m.

• Sissonville Branch Library: May 22, 5:30 p.m.

Appalachian Studies

The 37th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference comes to Marshall University March 28 to 30 with the theme "New Appalachia: Known Realities and Imagined Possibilities." To register for conference, visit appalachianstudies.org/annualcon ference/


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