LEWISTON — Maine Romance Writers will hold a workshop on Saturday, Nov. 12, in Room 103 at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St.

There will be member/guest introductions and a general meeting at 11 a.m. A brown bag lunch and discussion about writing will follow at noon. Nonmember guests attend their first meeting for free.

William Bushnell will present “Book Reviewing: Clarity and Encouragement for Authors” at 1 p.m.

Bushnell will discuss book reviews, including: who selects the titles for review, the role and responsibility of a book reviewer, how reviewers select books, criteria for review selection, and the do’s and don’ts.

Bushnell, a retired Marine Corps colonel, has been a professional book reviewer for more than 20 years, and has published more than 2,500 book reviews in 35 magazines and newspapers. He reviews fiction and nonfiction, including history, biographies, science, nature and current events, to westerns, mysteries and historical fiction, as well as cookbooks and children’s books.

His reviews have appeared in Library Journal, Maine Times, Civil War magazine, Military History magazine, the Maine Sunday Telegram, the Brunswick Times Record, the New Maine Times, and the Sun newspapers.

He writes “Bushnell on Books,” bi-weekly review columns, for the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel. He reviews for Publishers Weekly and Military Officer magazine, publishing 90 to 100 reviews a year.

He is a longtime member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He taught a class on book reviewing at the University of Southern Maine for 11 years and now teaches that class for the MWPA. He was one of the first judges for the Maine Reader’s Choice Award for fiction.

He lives on Great Island in Harpswell.

FMI: www.MaineRomanceWriters.com.


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