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Non-Fiction Panel Workshop

January 21, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Non-Fiction Panel

    Valarie Austin           Katherine Pickett              Phil Padgett

Nonfiction writing comes from a writer’s desire to inform, describe, or instruct. This Nonfiction Panel Workshop will introduce three distinguished published authors, Valarie Austin, Katherine Pickett and Phil Padgett. They will discuss their diverse works and publishing experiences. Their unique perspectives will drive an in-depth exploration of general writing, publishing and marketing. Then, they will turn over the “microphone” to the chapter members for a Question and Answer session that will illuminate the mechanics of nonfiction writing as well as self-publishing versus traditional publishing. 

About the Presenters:

Valarie R. Austin is the author of The Student's Comprehensive Guide For College & Other Life Lessons. She also leads career and college readiness workshops for high school students. Contact her at [email protected].

Philip Padgett examines history by applying skills developed during 40 years of analytical support. A Navy veteran, Advocating Overlord is his first book. Contact him at the book's website:

Katherine Pickett provides copyediting, proofreading, and developmental editing. She is the author of the award-winning book, Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro. Contact her at

For more information visit the MWA Howard County Chapter Page or email: [email protected]

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

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