Long Island Authors and Writers Society Presents Workshop for Struggling Writers

Written by Long Island News & PR  |  02. July 2013

Bayshore, NY - July 2nd, 2013 - Long Island Authors and Writers Society announces that they will hold a special workshop geared to writers and authors who are going through struggles in several areas of writing and publishing. The LIAWS workshop takes place during their open meeting at 7 PM on Wednesday, July 17 at Barnes and Noble in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York.

LIAWS member Rich Harwood, who is the author of two published novels, will present the workshop. The event will cover: The Struggles With Others, The Struggles With Yourself, The Struggles With the Industry, and Harwood's own 39 Steps to Writing.

Harwood's first novel, the political thriller The Red Warrior was released by Open Door Publishing. He is also the author of A Community of Excellence, a memoir about his upbringing in Brooklyn, NY where he learned about achieving excellence from others. He further examines these principles on his blog, Dromkeen Mullings. Harwood is also a contributor to the e-magazine Speak Without Interruption and to The Irish Examiner newspaper in New York.

"There are only two kinds of writers," says LIAWS president, Tom Gahan. "There are those who struggle... and those who lie about it. Every writer struggles at times. Even the greatest authors have hit roadblocks on their path to success.  LIAWS is working to make every writer's journey easier by giving them the tools to handle the situation when it arises."

In Harwood's outline about the evening's topics, he quotes Hemingway on the Qualities of a Writer, "First there must be talent, much talent. Talent such as Kipling had. Then there must be discipline. The discipline of Flaubert. Then there must be the conception of what it can be and an absolute conscience as unchanging as the standard meter in Paris, to prevent faking. Then the writer must be intelligent and disinterested and above all he must survive. Try to get all these in one person and have him come through all the influences that press on a writer. The hardest thing, because time is so short, is for him to survive and get his work done."

The evening's program also includes select readings by LIAWS author members Valerie Pfundstein and Andrea Sinnott.

Pfundstein, author of Veterans, Heroes In Our Neighborhood, has a bachelor's and master's degree in Elementary Education. She uses her love of storytelling along with her love for country and community as a Kindergarten Support Specialist.  She teaches reading, writing, music, art, library skills and proudly serves as a Girl Scout leader and Boy Scout Venturing Crew advisor.

Sinnott is the author of The Fruit Man a romance novel. She is working on a murder mystery and has completed a contemporary novel A Summer at the Beach.  She has traveled to Norway to find her roots and one day plans to write about it.

This free event taking place at 7 PM on Wednesday, July 17 at Barnes and Noble, 842 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore, NY, is open to all LIAWS members. Guests are welcome. LIAWS is a not-for-profit organization. For more information visit www.LIAWS.org.


The Long Island Authors and Writers Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to support and promote the craft of writing through supporting one another, mentoring its members, educational programs, in-school programs, book events and events related to writing, and community outreach to residents of Long Island interested in writing. LIAWS nurtures writers and authors at all levels of development in a mutually beneficial environment. LIAWS: provides a trusting atmosphere where authors and writers can come together to meet their individual needs and share information for the good of the whole, supplies strong motivational programs of interest to all writers, offers the opportunity for members to network on different levels according to their needs, provides an environment that promotes authors, and encourages writers to strive to publish their work. All members pledge to support one another and to be involved in supporting the activities of the organization.

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