Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Chesapeake Bay Writers Announce October Workshop and Open Mic

James E. Tobin (Provided by CBW)

WILLIAMSBURG — James E. Tobin will present a workshop called “Illusions of Speech? Writing Great Dialogue” at the Williamsburg library on Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m.  

Tobin moved to New York City after graduating from college with a journalism degree. After writing two off-Broadway plays for the Circle Repertory Company and children’s books for MacMillan, he watched helplessly as his first novel burned in a hotel fire. As a result, his writing shifted to scholarly articles and textbooks as he pursued a career as an educator and psychologist.

When he retired, he returned to writing fiction. His debut novel, “When We Were Wolves,” was published in May 2022 by Pale Horse Books. His second novel, “Triple Divide,” will be out in the fall.

Tobin and his wife Jean live in Williamsburg, the setting for “When We Were Wolves.”

After the Oct. 7 workshop, CBW has scheduled an open mic at 1:30 p.m. at the Yorktown Library, which the coordinator, Mary Shipko, describes as “an afternoon of sharing snippets of your work.” For more information, email shipkom@msn.com.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The Chesapeake Bay Writers are a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club for published and aspiring writers. For additional information about CBW and its planned activities, visit its official website.

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