Harriet Lerner Speaks on the Writing Life

Attention, writers! On August 23rd, from 9-1, we’ll host a fantastic line-up of speakers at our library’s first Local Author Workshop. Join us for a day of immersion in the world of publishing, marketing and promotion.

The program is diverse, looking both at traditional publishing platforms as well as ways authors can forge their own paths to success via self-publishing, and everything in between. Each event at the Local Author Workshop will offer a chance for attending authors to ask questions, and at the conclusion of the day, leave armed with information and resources to help get their work in front of readers.

Harriet Lerner 2014Writers don’t succeed overnight. Harriet Lerner, renowned psychologist and author, just celebrated 3 million copies sold of her New York Times Bestselling book The Dance of Anger. Lerner’s book is considered a classic, and stands as an enduring resource for millions of women, but the author told a recent interviewer that it was rejected for five years before it was accepted for publication. Harriet will share the ups and downs of her adventures in writing, publishing, and promoting with some words of wisdom to writers in the thick of it.

Harriet Lerner is the author of numerous scholarly articles and eleven books, including the New York Times bestseller The Dance of Anger which has sold three million copies, with 25 foreign editions. Harriet has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR and numerous other media.  She and her husband raised their two sons in Topeka, Kansas where they were both staff psychologists at the Menninger Clinic for over two decades. They now live in Lawrence, Kansas where they have a private practice.

We’ll be featuring our speakers in blog posts throughout the week. Watch for a post on the Art of Pitching Nonfiction with Sarah Smarsh up next. Check out the event blog for full speaker bios and program descriptions.

Sign in begins at 8:30 in the library’s Marvin Auditorium. Call 580-4540 or send a message to mericsson@tscpl.org to register, or just show up at our library’s Marvin Auditorium on August 23 ready to learn and be inspired. Free coffee and breakfast will be available while supplies last, and speakers will be on hand with books for purchase and signing from 12:45-2 p.m. Tell everyone you know on facebook and real life, this event is too good to be missed!

Miranda Ericsson

Miranda loves to talk lit! Her favorite reads are poetry, literary fiction, and speculative science fiction, and she's passionate about promoting great literature written by Kansas authors. She works with library programs that support and engage writers in our community, so ask her for more information about the Local Writers Workshop, Great Writers Right Here author fair, and Community Novel Project. Miranda is also a member of the library's Genealogy Team and Fiction Team, facilitates TALK book discussions, and co-leads the Bean There, Read That book discussion group.