A Georgia author will be visiting the Columbia County Library with her new book this weekend and will share advice for new writers.
Shirley A. Harazin, of Lawrenceville, will be at the library in Evans from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday to present her newly released young adult novel Blood Brothers, sign copies of the book and conduct a writer's workshop.
The book, released July 10, follows 17-year-old Clay through his orderly job at the hospital and the drug overdose of his best friend, Joey. It traces Clay's efforts to discover what really happened to his friend.
"I hope teens and adults will enjoy it," Harazin said.
Though Harazin has been writing most of her life, mostly short stories and poetry, Blood Brothers is her second published novel.
Harazin plans to share advice to the beginning writer from her extensive writing career in a writers workshop to be included with her visit to the library.
"Much of what I learned was by trial and error," Harazin said of her days writing short stories and submitting them to magazines. "So hopefully I can provide some hints to writers so they won't make the same mistakes I made along the way."
The workshop, which is open to those age 14 and older, will include tips on how to get book or story ideas, how to create characters, advice for beginning writers and information about the writing process. Harazin said she'll also answer questions.
Harazin said the workshop is a way to pass along the knowledge passed on to her as a young writer. The event is free. For more information, call the library at (706) 863-1946.
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