May 11-12, 2017

Over the course of two days, a group of Newport natives who have had success across a wide range of writing genres, from fiction to poetry to nonfiction to children’s literature, will return to the Sunshine Town to conduct a workshop at the Richards Free Library and Library Arts Center, perform readings, and talk about how they became published writers.

Find out more information about sessions, authors, and register for breakout sessions by clicking HERE.     *Registration is required for the Breakout Sessions.


Breakout Sessions – 10:00-12:00

1: “Jump-Starting the Muse: Poetry and How to Beat Writer’s Block” – Robert and Matt

2: “Stranger Than Fiction: Writing Nonfiction” – Derek

Lunch Session

“So, You Want To Be a Writer?” Potential topics: Making a Living in Writing [Kind Of]; Nuts and Bolts; publishers, agents, freelancing, reviewers/reviewing – All

Breakout Sessions – 2:00-4:00

3: “More True Than the Truth: Writing Fiction” – Susan

4: “Looking at Blank Pages: Choosing a Topic” – Derek and Robert


Special Evening Event

The Newport Native Writers Group will read and then take questions from the audience.

7:00 in the Main Gallery of the Library Arts Center

The event is free and no registration is required for this special evening event.



Breakout Sessions – 10:00-12:00

5: “It Was a Dark Stormy Night? Finding a Voice as a Writer” – Matt

6: “Once Upon a Time: Writing Children’s Books” – Christine

Lunch Session: So, You Want To Be a Writer?

Breakout Sessions 2:00-4:00

7: “Of Aliens, Monsters, and Wizards: Sci-Fi and Fantasy” – Susan

8: “Wait, I Need to Know What I’m Talking About? Researching Your Project” – Derek