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Virtual Book Discussions

Convene for a virtual book discussion led by Lynn Rosen. We’ll discuss AMERICAN DIRT, a book that has attracted much attention of late and which tells the story of a mother and son trying to escape a dangerous situation in Mexico.
DATE/TIME: Monday, April 6th, 7PM – 8:15PM
COST: $25
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Our next virtual book discussion after AMERICAN DIRT will be…

CROSSING TO SAFETY by Wallace Stegner

Many readers cite this novel, published in 1987, as one of their favorites. Let’s explore why! Stegner, who was a much-celebrated writer in his time, writes a moving story of two married couples, their relationships and friendships, as well as their career and health challenges over their decades of acquaintance. It’s a look at love and friendship as well as at the writing and the academic life, not to mention a book filled with gorgeous description of natural beauty.
Join our discussion of this complex, insightful, and evergreen novel by a treasured American writer!

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 29th, 7PM – 8:15PM
COST: $25
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Lunch ‘n’ Learn Short Story Discussion Class

Discuss one story in this bite-sized 45 minute class. Stories are available online; links to be provided ahead of time.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
DESCRIPTION: This classic feminist story, first published in 1892, is about how a woman’s “rest cure,” arranged by her husband, eventually becomes her imprisonment.
Led by: Lynn Rosen
DATE/TIME: Friday, April 3rd, 12:15PM – 1:00PM
COST: $20
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More Short Story Lunch ‘n’ Learn classes will be added in the coming weeks.

“Bring a Book” Happy Hour

Join book discussion leader Lynn Rosen for a virtual discussion of the books you like best! Come to this virtual meeting with two things: your beverage of choice, and a book that you really enjoyed reading. Be prepared to spend a few minutes telling the group about the book and why you like it. We’ll each share a book, and Lynn will share details about some new just published or about-to-be published books to add to your reading list.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 14, 5:30PM – 6:45PM

COST: $10

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Book Development Workshop

Now that you’re stuck at home, might this be the perfect time to start that book you’ve been thinking about writing? Join long-time book publishing industry professional Lynn Rosen for a series of classes in which we’ll workshop your book idea. We’ll hone your idea, look at the market, talk about publishing strategies and approaches, and address any other questions and issues that come up related to getting published. Our goal will be to help you make progress along the path from idea to publication.
DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 11, 2PM – 3:30PM
COST: $25
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Literary Mindfulness

You’re home with some extra time on your hands. Even if you’re working from home or homeschooling your kids, this still feels like the right time to do some creative writing work for yourself. But sometimes it’s hard to carve out the time.

Literary Mindfulness is about creating space for yourself to do your creative work. Sometimes, this is just about carving out a few hours, or even minutes, in your busy day. Sometimes, when time and the world allow, it’s about taking yourself away to an inspiring location to create.

In these trying times, it’s more important than ever to make sure your creative soul has the chance to be expressed. Hence Open Book Productions is happy to provide some virtual opportunities for regular guided writing.

Each Literary Mindfulness session will begin with focus and goal setting. It will then include structured time that mixes writing exercises and group work with quiet writing time.

Ongoing sessions will be offered.
Session 1: DATE/TIME:  Sunday, April 5th 11AM  – 12:30PM
Session 2: DATE/TIME: Friday, April 10th, 11AM – 12:30PM
Session 3: DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 15th, 7PM – 8:30PM
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