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Bestselling Author Maryann McFadden Will Conduct Writing Workshop at Centenary College

12/11/2013, 02:03 PM

Hackettstown, N.J., December 11, 2013- Best-selling author Maryann McFadden will return to Centenary College to conduct a writing workshop and book signing at 4 p.m. December 18, 2013, at Taylor Memorial Library.  This event is funded in part by the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission and is free and open to the public.

McFadden’s discussion will include a writing exercise, a discussion about the publishing industry and a book reading and signing.

McFadden self-published her first novel, The Richest Season, in May 2006 after nearly six years of trying to get it published. The Richest Season, which began as her thesis project, was championed by independent booksellers and she soon found herself attached to a literary agent who believed her novel should be published. It sold at auction to Hyperion Books and an expanded version was released in hardcover in June 2008. It was recognized as an Indie Next Pick and Target Breakout Novel. McFadden’s books have since been translated into German, Italian and Spanish. Her third book, The Book Lover, hit shelves last year, and was chosen as an Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association. Her advice to aspiring writers with a dream is “Work hard, persevere, and believe!” McFadden’s current project is about Tillie Smith, a kitchen maid who was murdered at Centenary College in 1886.
“I’m looking forward to this opportunity at Centenary College and look forward to working with those who attend about the craft of writing,” says McFadden.  “I feel like I am ‘coming home’ to Centenary yet again.  My very first book signing was sponsored by the College back in 2006, and I conducted a Summer Reading ‘Ladies Night Out’ event last year, so I welcome the idea of returning again.”

For more information about Maryann McFadden, visit www.maryannmcfadden.com. Copies of McFadden’s titles will be available for purchase at the event. Please R.S.V.P if you plan to attend at (908) 852-1400, ext. 2021, or e-mail adamoc@centenarycollege.edu.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in three locations: Hackettstown, Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.