Bob Edmonds Book Signing – May 12th, 2016

Bob Edmonds Railroads  flyer

On Thursday May 12th at 6:30 pm at the McCormick County Library, local author Bob Edmonds, recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award for publishing local history, will talk about his new book: Building Railroads: The Greenwood and Augusta Railroad and The Savannah Valley Railroad. The book chronicles the determination of the communities and, in turn, the awesome results accomplished with the completion of two railroads in western South Carolina. The story includes the tremendous toil, sweat, and blood endured by convicts who graded roadbed using only picks, shovels and mule carts as if in ancient times. A great number of men lost their lives as a result. Detailed research also reveals the changes to villages and towns along the railroad tracks, located between Greenwood and Augusta and between McCormick and Anderson.

Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the McCormick Library. Books may also be purchased for $25 at Strom Drug Store, Books on Main, the Chamber of Commerce, the McCormick Messenger, the Willington Book Store, McCaslan’s in Greenwood, or from the author via email at

Marion Sturkey Book Signing – April 28th, 2016

No Greater Love cover

On Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 pm, local author Marion Sturkey will talk about his new book at the McCormick County Library. Sturkey’s book, titled No Greater Love: The Groucho Marx Battle,  tells the true story of a U.S. Marine Corps reconnaissance team and an infantry platoon that became stranded on a tiny jungle knoll during the Vietnam War. Surrounded and outnumbered over ten-to-one, the young men’s struggle to survive exemplified the warrior ethos of the Marine Corps. The presentation is free, and books will be available for purchase and signing by the author. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

About the author:

Marion Sturkey served as a military pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1966 and 1967 he flew combat-assault helicopters during the war in Vietnam. After leaving active duty he became a commercial pilot for the oil and gas industry in Texas and Louisiana. Marion later left flying behind and held managerial positions at AT&T for 25 years. During that period he served as a guest instructor at Bell Communications Research in Illinois and New Jersey. After retiring from the corporate world he began researching and writing technical books about military concerns, aviation issues, and regional history. To date he has authored and published 13 books. Marion lives in Plum Branch, his original hometown.

Free Writing Workshops Feb.-May 2016


The McCormick County Library is pleased to announce that it will provide a series of free writing workshops in the Spring of 2016. These workshops will cover many topics including story development, editing and publishing. Participants can also receive individual help and advice from the instructor via phone or email sessions. This grant funded project is offered to participants at no cost and is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered through the South Carolina State Library.


Writing Workshop # 1       McCormick County Library         Feb. 4, 6:30 pm

Telling the Story You Want to Tell – Plot Development – Instructor C. Hope Clark

Plot development is basic and very similar from genre to genre. Learn the three formulas for a short synopsis which is the bare bones beginning of your plot and helps you stay on task. Know your theme and your hooks which are much more than just that oh-so-important opening line. Understand different ways to outline the plot: The Three-Act Structure, Hague’s Six-Stage Plotting, Save the Cat Beat Sheet Plotting, and The Hero’s Journey.


Writing Workshop # 2       McCormick County Library         Mar. 3, 6:30 pm

From Cardboard Cutouts to Real People – Character Development – Instructor C. Hope Clark

What types of characters do you need in a story besides the protagonist/main character? How to define characters. Learn what is a character arc and why it’s important. Learn how to determine the proper point-of-view for the story. Learn the difference between cardboard and three-dimensional characters. Understand why dialogue can make or break your character, your scene, and the entire book.


Writing Workshop # 3       McCormick County Library         April  7, 6:30 pm

Write It…Read It…Rewrite It…Repeat! – Successful Editing – Instructor C. Hope Clark

How to start with self-editing then move out to peers, mentors, beta readers, and professional editors. Learn the different types of editing: developmental, copyediting, proofreading, formatting. Learn to recognize certain flaws that differentiate your writing from novice to serious. What is telling versus showing?


Writing Workshop # 4       McCormick County Library         May 5, 6:30 pm

Get Your Story Out There! – Getting Published – Instructor C. Hope Clark

Regardless the type of publishing you do, you must understand the industry. Learn the differences between indie/self-publishing, small press traditional, larger press traditional, and hybrid. Understand the pros and cons of indie versus traditional. Understand how much money you need to publish in any category and how to raise the funds. Why you must have an online presence in order to publish, regardless the route you take, and how much presence is enough.

Instructor C. Hope Clark

Meet Your Instructor: C. Hope Clark

C. Hope Clark was born and reared in the South, from Mississippi to South Carolina with a few stints in Alabama and Georgia. She holds a B.S. in Agriculture with honors from Clemson University and 25 years’ experience with the U. S. Department of Agriculture. She retired early to pursue her writing career.

Her first book, Lowcountry Bribe, has won several awards and is the first in her Carolina Slade mystery series. Hope’s newest release is set entirely at Edisto Beach, South Carolina, her home away from home. The Edisto Island Mystery Series debuted in September 2014 with Murder on Edisto, and followed through with book two, Edisto Jinx, in October 2015.

She is also the author of The Shy Writer Reborn, a nonfiction book offering inspiration and practical how-to advice for writers.

She currently manages, a weekly newsletter service she founded that reaches 40,000+ writers. Writer’s Digest has recognized the site in its annual 101 Best Web Sites for Writers for fourteen years.