Writing Inspiration,
with Barbara Foster and Sharon Harmon

Saturday, April 17, 2021

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Thayer Memorial Library

please note that due to covid-19, this program may be subject to change and may be online.

Together Barbara and Sharon will share what they have learned in the field of writing inspirational pieces. In this class Sharon will discuss the therapeutic work of writing to deal with issues. It will include journaling, letters, and poetry. She will show the class how to submit a poem and also a list of possible places to submit them. Barbara will offer tips on:  Finding your voice to tell your story; Why inspirational and religious pieces are in demand; What to avoid in this type writing; What is needed to capture the attention of editors and readers; How markets differ and market suggestions.

Barbara Foster has been a published freelance writer since 1975. She has never forgotten the thrill of reading her first byline in a magazine. She also has two other careers; both of which have provided material for other published writing. She has produced and hosted a weekly TV talk show “Barbara … & You” since 1976. She began her local real estate career in 1995. Her inspirational and religious writing has appeared in Today’s Christian Parent, Family Digest, The Lookout, Cincinnati Magazine, and Worcester Telegram Sunday Morning Magazine. She has taught “Writing for Publication” classes and conducted day-long writing seminars. At least 50 of her formerly unpublished students have become published writers.

Sharon A. Harmon is a poet and freelance writer. She was the poet laureate for Royalston’s 250th Anniversary in 2015. She has been published in numerous books including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Flash in the Can, A Patchwork Christmas and Worcester Magazine. She has lost a child and her poems appeared in The Compassionate Friends Newsletter and in her chapbooks, Swimming with Cats ( Autumn Light press) and Wishbone in a Lighting Jar ( Flutter press). Sharon views writing as being a very therapeutic way of dealing with thoughts and emotions with issues as a way to deal with them and move forward. She has taught classes at Monty Tech, The White Elephant, and The Women’s Health Initiative and Women’s Health Awareness Week.