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Press Release 10/7/20

(Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is very excited to offer a two-session writing workshop, Write The First Draft, to the KML community. On Thursday, October 29 and Thursday, November 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., on zoom, Sergio Troncoso will lead a two-session writing workshop meant to generate new fiction work from all workshop participants. If you have ever wanted to write a short story, or start a novel, this is your chance. At the first two-hour session, Sergio will talk about structuring stories and how to improve your craft of writing over the long-term. He will pass out a few exercises to be done in class and one exercise to launch you into a first draft of a short story or perhaps the beginning of a novel. In the second two-hour session, workshop participants will share parts of their work and receive immediate responses and comments from Sergio and the entire class. Join the workshop and get started on writing that first draft! This two-session writing workshop is for 12 participants. Please register to receive login information. (serious registrants only, please).

Sergio Troncoso is author of A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, a collection of linked short stories which Luis Alberto Urrea called “a world-class collection.” The collection won the Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story and the International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories. Troncoso also wrote From This Wicked Patch of Dust, which Kirkus Reviews named one of the best books of 2012 in a starred review. The novel won the Southwest Book Award. Troncoso wrote Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, winner of the Bronze Award for Essays from Foreword Reviews. He is also the author of The Nature of Truth, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “impressively lucid.” Publishers Weekly called his first book, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, “Richly satisfying.” He is currently president of the Texas Institute of Letters and a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Workshop.

The two workshops will be held on zoom and are free and open to the public. This two-part workshop is for 12 participants. Please register to receive login information. (serious registrants only, please).

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Kent Memorial Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut, 860-927-3761. Visit for more information.