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Story Glory: Best-selling authors share their craft.

“A lot of people have fantastic ideas for books,” said New York Times best-selling author Karin Slaughter. “But sitting down and figuring out how that idea is going to work, how characters will interact, how the plot will move forward—all that stuff is the business of being a writer.”

Aspiring authors will have a chance to do just that at “Story Makers”—a yearlong program for writers with all levels of experience put on by Cupboard Maker Books in Enola.

Each month, a different author will lead a workshop to provide a comprehensive education about writing for publication and the business side of authorship. Topics will include character development and social media and website management. Attendees will also have an opportunity to be included in an anthology.

Authors will include New York Times best-selling author Maria Snyder, author Geri Krotow, USA Today best-selling author Laurie J. Edwards and Indie Award-winner Don Helin.

Snyder believes learning the craft of writing is a lifelong endeavor.

“I’ve been writing and teaching for 20 years, and I’m always discovering new ways to strengthen my writing,” she said. “Just being in a classroom with your fellow writers is an invaluable experience. Not only are you learning new skills from the instructor, but also from each other, as there is no one ‘right’ way to write.”

If you have a great idea and are trying to figure out how to turn it into a novel, the “Story Makers” program can help you sort it all out.

Edwards believes the three most important practices to becoming a published author are mastering the craft of writing, participating in a critique group and understanding the business side of writing.

“After perfecting their manuscripts, many writers struggle with writing synopses and query letters and with finding editors or agents,” she said. “Knowledge of the publishing industry and creating a professional submission can attract publishers, thus helping authors avoid rejection.”

Each three-hour class will be followed by dinner (cost included) and a meet-and-greet with the instructor and fellow students. Space is limited to 20 students, and this program is only offered as a full course, rather than on an individual workshop basis.

Regular tuition is $400 for the entire program. Early-bird discounts are listed on their website.

“I’m proud to say we have brought in a top-flight faculty,” said Michelle Haring, owner of Cupboard Maker Books.


“Story Makers” begins Jan. 19 and is held on the third Sunday of each month. Cupboard Maker Books is located at 157 N. Enola Rd (Routes 11/15), Enola. For more information call 717-732-7288 or, to register, visit

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