Library hosting writing events

ELKINS — November is National Novel Writing Month, or Writers Month. Two special free public activities are taking place at the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, eight of the area’s wordsmiths will gather at the library with interested members of the community — adult and school-age — for a free talk about researching and writing books, and radio special reports and collecting folk memories.

The panel participants are Rebecca Ashburn, a collector of books throughout the world on the Cinderella theme and story presenter with a book in progress; Kenneth Cobb, a columnist for The Inter-Mountain specializing in outdoor themes; Dustin L. Coffman, a short-story and suspense novel writer; Julia Elbon, children’s book author; Carrie Kline, half of the Michael and Carrie Kline music and folklore-collecting team; W. Hunter Lesser, historian of the Civil War in what was then western Virginia; Jean Snedegar, interviewer, writer and presenter for BBC and West Virginia Public Broadcasting; and Cornelia Tolley, leader of the library writing group.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the library’s downstairs meeting room, with hot cider to counter the cold.

Also this month, the library has issued a challenge to area citizens to help write a story that will be read on Facebook at the end of the month. The story has begun, and each writer adds a page or two.

Signing is optional. The story writing will continue until the end of the month.

Community leaders have been invited. Book group members, closet Shakespeares and students at all levels form middle school through college are especially welcome.