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Writing Workshop: Barbara Baig

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BLUE HILL, Maine –  Maine author Barbara Baig will lead a free writing workshop at the Blue Hill Public Library at 1 p.m.  Saturday, Oct.15, at the library. The workshop is based on the author’s book How to Be a Writer: building your creative skills through practice and play (2010) and is open to aspiring writers aged 16 to adult.

Barbara Baig loves to write, and to pass on what she has learned about writing to others. She has nearly thirty years of teaching experience—including two decades of leading writing workshops at The Divinity School at Harvard University. She now teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, as well as online at www.wherewriterslearn.com and privately. As a writer herself, she has produced stories, poems, articles, radio scripts for the NPR award-winning show Sound & Spirit, award-winning songs, and a wide variety of promotional materials, including content for websites.

Barbara considers herself a “maverick educator,” who developed her own skills-based approach to teaching writing after becoming frustrated with the way writing is typically taught within the academic world. She says, “I am fascinated by how people learn, so I have spent a lot of time and energy trying to get inside the minds of people who want to write so I can teach them the skills they need. I focus on what it is that skilled writers actually do, rather than on the text they produce, and then I try to find ways to show beginning and confused writers how to learn those skills in the way humans most naturally learn: through practice.”

Space for this workshop is limited so participants are asked to register by using the library’s online interactive calendar linked under NEWS and EVENTS at www.bhpl.net, or by calling the library at 374-5515.

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