May 3, 2023

Olney Writer’s Group Will Present Seventh Annual Literary Forum at Olney Library on Sunday, May 7

The Olney Writer’s Group will present its Seventh Annual Literary Forum at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, at the Olney branch of Montgomery County Public Libraries. At the forum, which is open to the public, 10 members of the group will read short excerpts of their work, spanning memoirs, fiction, science fiction, fantasy and poetry.

The Olney Library is located at 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd. in Olney. Advance registration for this free program is not required to attend, but seating is limited. A question-and-answer session will be part of the workshop. Light refreshments will follow.

Participating writers in the forum will be:
  • Patrick Boyle, excerpt from A Tale of Two Pats
  • Bryan M. Byrd, excerpt from Surviving Paradise: The Perils and Pleasures of the Caribbean
  • Min He, Calling from Shambhala
  • Francene Hill, excerpt from Tiny Tots in Tiaras and Tuxedos
  • Shani Hinton-Miller, an excerpt, “Fair Folly,” from her work-in-progress, Walking Behind the Broken-Down Dog
  • Laura Kahn, excerpt from Thorns: When Earth Refugees Are the Aliens
  • DJ Lee, excerpt from his poem, An Ode to my Grandfathers
  • Linda R. Moore, three poems from her upcoming chapbook, Reaching for Resilience
  • Lindsey OBrien, excerpt from Friendship Through the Darkness
  • Emily Wood, excerpt from her work-in-progress, Binding Enchantments
For the past nine years, the Olney Writer’s Group has been based at the Olney Library. It involves local writers representing a wide range of genres. The group meets twice per month to review and critique members’ writing in an informal, friendly setting.

“According to the Olney Library branch supervisor, the Olney Writer’s Group has been an integral program offering at the branch,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “The fact the group expanded during the pandemic speaks to the importance of giving local writers a space to create and share with one another and the community.”

To learn more about the upcoming program, including background on the participating writers, visit 7th Annual Literary Forum – In Person – Montgomery County Public Libraries.