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Spring Life Writing Class starts Saturday at Ponderosa

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Spring Life Writing Class offers its first of 10 sessions from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16, at the Ponderosa Restaurant, 3100 U.S. 60 E., Huntington.

The classes are directed by John Patrick Grace and run for 10 straight Saturdays.

This class is the 41st edition of the class which has led to the publication of 27 "alumni" books over its 11-year history.

Recent books by Life Writing Class participants include Joe Dobbs' "A Country Fiddler," a memoir, and Robin L. Ramey's "Butternut Moon," a children's novel based on real-life stories.

The goal for new members taking this course is to complete a book concept, chapter outline, and two draft chapters by the end of the 10 weeks. Goals for returning members range from finishing a book draft to revising a manuscript with the aim of publication.

Grace is the author of three non-fiction books, the co-author of two, and the editor of The Life Writing Class, a collection of stories from classes at the Huntington Museum of Art. He has also edited more than 40 books for a variety of publishers.

He holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and is a former reporter, editor and foreign correspondent for The Associated Press. He writes a weekly editorial-page column for The Herald-Dispatch.

The cost of this course for new members is $185. Returning members pay $170. A $25 deposit will hold a place. To register or to receive more information, please call Publishers Place at 304-697-3236 or 304-617-1292 or email publishersplace@gmail.com.