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Acclaimed Author to Appear at Writer’s Workshop Sponsored by the High Country Festival of the Book

June 13, 2012. Award winning humorist and memoirist, Wade Rouse, will be holding a memoir workshop Friday, August 3 as part of the upcoming High Country Festival of the Book in Blowing Rock.

Rouse, author of current bestselling memoir, “It’s All Relative: A Memoir of Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays and 50 Boxes of Wine” has lectured and taught writing seminars around the country, from Chicago’s Printers Row Lit Festival and the Wisconsin Book Festival, to The Chicago Public Library and the Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Workshop.

As part of the High Country’s first Book Festival, Rouse will be holding a small workshop for up to 30 budding writers focusing on the beginning steps of writing your own memoir. The workshop, titled “Facing Your Fears & Finding Your Voice”, will teach participants the in’s and out’s of producing a successful first memoir. Due to the scale of the workshop, preregistration is necessary, as well as a $30 fee that will go back to the Friends of the Library as a donation.

“The idea of having Wade Rouse joining us for the launch of the High Country Festival of the Book, is incredible,” said Suzanne Thompson, chair of the High Country Festival of the Book. “Be sure to bring paper and pen or a lap top, and come prepared to write, to share, to learn and to laugh.”

If time permits, Rouse will also be teaching participants how to craft the perfect query letter, how to approach agents, and how to secure a reputable literary agent who can sell your work.

For more information on tickets and how they should be purchased, please visit www.highcountryfestivalofthebook.com and reserve your spots today. All money raised from ticket sales will go to the Watauga County Public Library and new programs.

To purchase tickets in person: come to the circulation desk at the Watauga Public Library, 140 Queen Street, Boone, Monday – Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cash or check only.

To purchase tickets online: go to www.highcountryfestivalofthebook.com.