Freelance Workshop-Please note the date and time change for this program!
If you dream of making a living as a writer or photographer, turn that dream into a reality with a two-hour hands-on workshop on Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m. at the Northampton Area Public Library. The workshop will be presented by Johanna Billings, editor of the Northampton Press, Whitehall-Coplay Press and Catasauqua Press.
In addition to 15 years in the newspaper industry, presenter Ms. Billings spent 10 years earning a living as a freelance writer. She wrote articles and provided photos for multiple markets including newspapers, magazines and books. She also authored two books on antique glass and several on local history with her husband, Sean. During the workshop, she will share how she made a living full time as a freelancer.
Her presentation will cover how to increase your earnings by taking what you learn freelancing for The Press newspapers on to bigger and better paying markets. That means generating salable ideas, pitching those ideas to newspapers, magazines and book publishers, selling an idea to more than one market, securing assignments editors want -- and need! -- to give out, the basics of copyright law and how to use it, and basic protocols like how to best communicate with editors, format submissions and generally make editors' jobs easier (because the easier you make the editor's job, the more likely you are to get more work from that editor!)
Please note the presentation will not cover how to write for publication or how to take publishable photos. If sufficient interests exists, these topics could be covered in future workshops. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is preferred but not required; call or stop in to sign up!
Do you like needlework or crafts? Interested in getting together with other like-minded people as you work on your project? "Stitch-In" is an opportunity to meet and learn from others. Share tips, hints, and patterns. Or just come and work on your craft and socialize with others. The Stitch-Ins are held at the library on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. If you have any questions, please call the library.
Civil War Discussion Group
The Civil War Discussion Group will be meeting on Wednesday, March 19th at 6:30 PM. The group is free and open to the public. If you would like more information, please contact Dick Stewart at 610-261-4331.
Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Bill Richardson, a volunteer and member of the NAPL Friends, teaches a Computer Class for ages 16—Adult every Wednesday evening. Personalizing the instruction to the needs of those attending, he covers many aspects of basic computer use, common word processing and spreadsheet programs, and related topics. The class is free, and students may attend as many times as they wish. Please call or stop by the library to sign up. We need your name and phone number in the event of class cancellations.
*Please note: The computer class is conducted by a volunteer for the library. The Northampton Area Public Library is not responsible for any problems that may arise as a result of participation in the class.
Book Discussion Group
Northampton Area Public Library's book discussion group will be meeting on Wednesday, March 26th, at 7:00 PM. The book being discussed is Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Maria Viramontes. If you would like to participate in the discussion, please call or stop by the library to get the book.
"With the same audacity with which John Steinbeck wrote about migrant worker conditions in The Grapes of Wrath and T.C. Boyle in The Tortilla Curtain, Viramontes (The Moths and Other Stories) presents a moving and powerful vision of the lives of the men, women, and children who endure a second-class existence and labor under dangerous conditions in California's fields. This first novel tells the story a young girl, Estrella, and her Latino family as they struggle with arduous farm labor during the summer months, and still manage to latch onto the hope of a liberating future. Viramontes graces the page with poetic touch, artfully describing poverty conditions and bringing to the reader a panoramic view of social consciousness and unforgettable characters.."