Presenter: Cynthia Thayer
Date & Time:
Saturday, January 26 | 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location:
Belfast Free Library
Level:
Open
Maximum Attendees:
12
Fee:
Member: FREE | Nonmember: $5
RSVP: If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.


The process of writing a novel can seem daunting. Should a writer start a draft when they haven’t envisioned the novel as a whole? When should they begin revising the draft? Will an outline help the process or slow it down? This presentation will discuss these issues and many more, including:

  • how to find a protagonist’s voice
  • how to recognize whether the structure of the novel is doing its job
  • how to work with a writers group
  • how to know when one’s draft is ready to seek representation or publication.

This presentation is suitable for writers who haven’t yet begun writing a novel, as well as those who are mid-draft and aren’t sure how to move forward.


ThayerCynthia Underwood Thayer published her first novel, Strong Potatoes, at age 54. It won the Rep’s Choice Award, was named best new fiction by Ingram Books, and was a Barnes and Noble “Discover” book. Her second novel, A Certain Slant of Light, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2000. The condensed version was published by Reader’s Digest in English, Portuguese, Danish, and Swedish. Algonquin Books published her third novel, A Brief Lunacy. She holds an M.A. in British Literature, and has taught at workshops for Turnstone Writers’ Workshop, the MWPA, and the University of Maine, among others. VISIT cynthiaunderwoodthayer.com