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Phoenix writing: Patricia L. Brooks speaks on ‘Publish Yourself as the Expert'

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Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, from 1-3 p.m., Scottsdale author and publisher Patricia L. Brooks will lead a two-part workshop on how to write nonfiction books that position the author as an expert on a particular topic. The workshop will take place at the Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek, Ariz.

  • Part one: A winning writing plan. Brooks will give tips for developing goals, objectives and strategies for the writing life. She’ll provide a timeline to help launch your vision for success and illustrate how to write well to communicate your message to your niche. She will also explain the five Ws of reporting for a nonfiction publication.
  • Part two: Strict research rules. When it comes to research, Brooks advises doing your homework, practicing good interview skills, reading, observing, and learning your topic well, among others. In this section, Brooks also asks a series of questions of the would-be author. Why do you feel compelled to write this book, how committed are you to the project, and why do you believe you are the expert?

Author of “Gifts of Sisterhood: Journey from Grief to Gratitude,” Brooks presents workshops on both writing memoir and dealing with grief. She is the president/founder of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers and is working on her second nonfiction book, a combination of memoir and self-help entitled “Captive No More.” Due out in 2014, the book deals with a traumatic violent event in her life. Brooks is also available to speak on the topic of stopping violence against women.

To attend the event at Desert Hills Library, call 480-488-2286 to R.S.V.P.

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