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.

Nickie Adamson Book Signing – Jan. 28th, 2016


Three Little Frogs

The McCormick County Library will host local author and artist Nickie Adamson on January 28th at 6:30 pm. She will discuss her new children’s book Three Little Frogs and the Magic Jumping Oil. Copies will be available for sale and signing following the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the McCormick Library. Please join us! 

Nickie Adamson grew up in the Texas panhandle. After business college. marriage and three children, she moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where she spent the next forty years. Art has always been Nickie’s passion. It has long been a dream of hers to write and illustrate the Three Little Frogs book.

Library wins grant for at-risk teens

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The McCormick County Library has been selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading and discussion program designed for at-risk teens.

As one of the 50 Great Stories Club grant recipients selected from across the country, the McCormick County Library will work with groups of 6 to 10 teens from the John de la Howe School to read and discuss modern novels.

“I’m excited that, with support from the Great Stories Club program, we are offering at-risk teens an opportunity  to read, share and reflect on ideas that matter to them,” said Paul Brown, Library Director.

Participants will read three titles under the theme “Hack the Feed: Media, Resistance, Revolution”: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, “Feed” by M.T. Anderson and “March: Book One” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. The titles — selected by librarian advisors and humanities scholars — were chosen to resonate with reluctant readers who struggle with complex issues such as incarceration, violence and poverty.

The library will also receive 11 copies of each of the three book selections, training for the project director at an ALA workshop in Chicago, and other project materials and support.

Gatherings of the Great Stories Club will take place at both the John de la Howe School and the McCormick Library and will begin in January of 2016. For more information please contact Paul Brown at the McCormick Library: (864) 852-2821 or

Since its inception in 2006, ALA’s Great Stories Club has reached 670 libraries in 49 states and more than 30,000 young adults (ages 12 to 21). The grant is administered by ALA’s Public Programs Office in partnership with the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), including the Library Services for Youth in Custodyand Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detainedinterest groups. The Great Stories Club is made possible by a major grant from theNational Endowment for the Humanities:Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at