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Writers Invited to Join Workshop Events at Dog Ears Bookstore
Writers Invited to Join Workshop Events at Dog Ears Bookstore

Dog Ears Bookstore and The Enlightenment Literary Arts Center, a nonprofit neighborhood bookstore located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, has announced several courses as part of its upcoming Writers’ Workshop.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5, Tom O’Malley will conduct a workshop that he calls “The Writer's Toolbox.” Participants will learn how to use the basic tools of a writer — observation, listening and journal writing — to develop ideas into effective pieces of writing. This cost for this workshop is $20 and it is limited to 15 people.

O’Malley, an educator for almost 30 years, teaches 11th and 12th grade English at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs. He is an adjunct professor of English and education at Canisius College in Buffalo. O’Malley has published articles on teaching and writing in the English Journal, and has published stories and essays in the Christian Science Monitor, The Buffalo News, Artvoice and on National Public Radio. He is a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Western New York Writing Project.

On Monday, May 7, Joan Albarella will begin a four-week introductory course called “Make It Short! Writing the Short Story,” to be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The course will include instruction, writing exercises and encouragement and will cover a wide variety of topics. The cost is $60 and is limited to 12 people.

Albarella, professor emeritus for the University at Buffalo, is author of the Niki Barnes Mystery Series: Agenda For Murder, Called To Kill, Close To You and the stand-alone humorous mystery, Sister Amnesia. She is biographer for A Journey of Light in the Darkness by Sister Judith Fenyvesi, SSS; and Peaceprints, Sister Karen’s Paths to Nonviolence, about Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ. She has also authored five books of poetry and four plays, including: Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies, Killing Mr. Scott and Mother Cabrini’s Mission to America. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Poets and Writers Inc., The Dramatists Guild and the Italian American Writers Association.

From Tuesday, May 8, through Tuesday, June 5, Sara Ries will offer “Releasing People from Their Paper Prisons.” With the right details, characters breathe, walk, laugh or cry. With interesting descriptions, the people we write about step out of their paper prisons to join the reader. In this workshop, participants will be given photograph prompts, or they can bring their own photographs of people they wish to write about. Emphasis will be placed on giving forgotten people a voice. Whether you write poetry or prose, this course will capture the extraordinary in seemingly ordinary people and reveal the qualities and quirks that make them come alive. The cost is $60 and the class is limited to 12 people.

Ries was born in Buffalo, where her parents have owned a diner since she was just two years old. Her writing expresses the grit, sincerity and generosity that she has experienced in diners. She holds an MFA from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she received the Best Thesis in Poetry Award. Her first book, Come In, We're Open, won the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition and was published in June 2010 by the NFSPS Press. Her poem, Fish Fry Daughter, was selected by Ted Kooser for his American Life in Poetry column. She currently hosts the Poetry & Dinner Night Reading Series at the Woodlawn Diner and teaches part-time at Erie Community College.  

A portion of the proceeds from these courses will help fund reading and writing programs at Dog Ears Bookstore and The Enlightenment Literary Arts Center. For more information, please call 823-2665, visit www.dogearsbookstore.org or email tom@enlightenthedog.org. You can also follow Dog Ears Bookstore on Facebook for frequent updates.


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