Friday, November 27, 2015

Literary workshop provides tips on getting published

(Originally published in the 11/27/15 edition)

   Lots of people want to write the next great literary phenomenon but get stuck when it comes to getting their great ideas out into the world. To help people get through this stage, Benicia Literary Arts will host a workshop at Bookshop Benicia titled “Creative Ideas for Getting Published.” The seminar will be presented by Luanne Stevenson, the president of Human Side Consulting in Lafayette. 
   In addition to life coaching and consulting various Fortune 100 companies, Stevenson has gotten books published. Along with Deepak Chopra and Ken Blanchard, she coauthored the e-book “Roadmap to Success.” The book, which provides insights on succeeding in organizations, is available for purchase on Amazon. She is also working on a book titled “Hire Slow Fire Fast.”
   Stevenson will be discussing tips she has learned on getting published, people to talk to and organizations to join in assisting with the process. 
   BLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging reading and writing in the community and getting creative works published. In addition to the presentation by Stevenson, BLA will introduce new member Michael Denison. Denison has worked in the fields of production, business management and sales, and he has authored screenplays and runs three blogs.
   “We hired him for his extensive work across all social media,” BLA President Lois Requist said. “He's very much into producing content on the Internet, and he's savvy on how to do it, as well as how to bring people to a site, so we look forward to learning and benefiting from his expertise.”
   Requist says she hopes the presentation by Stevenson will give aspiring writers helpful advice.
   “I hope they will come away motivated to go as far with their own writing as they want to and do it more knowledgeably with Luanne's help,” she said.
   The workshop will be held 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Bookshop Benicia, located at 636 First St. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the event, contact Requist at To learn more about Benicia Literary Arts or to submit a writing of your own, visit


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