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Fairfax County Public Library celebrates Independent Authors’ Day









This week, Fairfax County Public Libraries celebrated the sixth annual Independent Authors’ Day as part of National Novel Writing Month. The event is observed November 12-13 as the library showcases a selection of local authors in order to spotlight local literary talent and encourage new authors to publish their own work.

Managed by the Indie Author Project, Indie Author Day aims to strengthen community ties to literary works with a set of workshops and virtual meetings, aimed at fostering ties within the community.






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Among these workshops was a November 10 session titled “Writing About Your Hometown with Kasie Whitener”. Author of the 2019 novel After december and 2021 Before Pittsburgh, Whitener was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Awards and received the South Carolina Governor’s Award for Fresh Voices in the Humanities for his recent work and will reflect on the writing process from the perspective of his own hometown.

As a resident born and raised in Herndon, Whitener explores this dynamic as memories of his hometown differ from person to person. Through this discussion, Whitener discusses the different biases and narratives that each author may choose to include, depending on the story they are trying to tell.

In addition, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on November 13, authors Shabnam Curtis and Vee James are hosting a “Self-Publishing Workshop” to educate new authors on the self-publication process, as well as the way to navigate various publishing resources, such as like Kindle Direct Publishing, Lulu.com and more.

Originally from Tehran, Iran and living through the Iranian revolution of 1979, Shabnam Curtis published his novel My Persian paradox in 2019, which tells the story of navigating life in Iran after the revolution. Curtis spends much of his free time passionately writing his own novels and also spends time helping others learn in workshops.

Vee James, author of a variety of fantasy, sci-fi and comedy novels, such as 2020 The little boat of horrors and 2021 The Witch’s Cookbook, has been participating in Fairfax National Novel Writing Month for 10 years now. As someone accustomed to writing multiple articles at once, James will have the opportunity to encourage aspiring authors to publish their work in small groups or to continue working on many possible products.

As novel writing continues to be eclipsed by the ever-expanding wave of technological entertainment, it is increasingly important that local writers have the opportunity to connect with experienced editors and readers. For more information on the events, as well as where to register, please visit the Fairfax County Government website at https://bit.ly/3c4D8uw.


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