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August 21, 2012 > Narrative reading with Poet Judith Offer

Narrative reading with Poet Judith Offer

Submitted By Sally Thomas

Gather to hear participants of Hayward Library's Writers' Group present samples of their work, along with our featured guest Judith Offer, Oakland-based playwright and poet. With over a dozen plays produced, as well as four books of poetry, including Double Crossing, a collection of poems about her local neighborhood, Judith has a devoted audience. Judith's poetry has been published in a number of magazines, and has been broadcast on National Public Radio.

The peer writers' group has recently celebrated its first year anniversary. Starting out last year with a special grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian, the group is now supported by the Hayward Friends of the Library. Meeting twice monthly, local residents of varying experience as writers gather to review and critique each others' work. The group welcomes community members to drop in (no need to register in advance) and get feedback on their writing.

Local writer Leticia Garcia Bradford provides a supportive environment, to help individuals get the support they need to stay on track with their writing, whether it's fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Hayward resident Lorie Miller, who is also a member of the Hayward Library's Mostly Literary Fiction Book Group, describes her progress in the writers' group: "Eight months ago I began just formulating cohesive sentences. Now I am completely enjoying myself exploring the power of words, creating inspirational short stories and poetry. "Check it out for yourself! Bring 5-10 copies of the piece you wish to share with the group. For more information, call (510) 881-7700.

Peer Writers' Group meetings:
Saturday, Sept. 8: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 24: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 22: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Narrative reading with Poet Judith Offer
Saturday, Aug 25
2 p.m.
Hayward Main Library
835 C Street-Downtown Hayward
(510) 881-7700

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