Writers' Works Published in Library Workshop Annual

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Byline: Gala M. Pierce Daily Herald Staff Writer

A story about a foster child and her faux pas in her new grandmother's garden.

An essay about one author's fondness for childhood books.

A short piece about a daughter who puts cherry tomato seeds into her dead mother's palm at her funeral.

Another story about how a teenage prank in the 1950s forever nicknames one "Full Moon Fowler."

These are four of the 35 accepted submissions from 13 authors in this year's Eighth Literary Annual, a publication put out each year by participants of the Batavia Library Writers Workshop.

Tonight, the authors will read excerpts and sign copies of the new collection.

As reflected in the publication, the library group concentrated on the short story genre, noted William Jackson of Geneva. He, along with group leaders Marilyn Robinson and Mary Ellen Heidgen, both of Batavia, edited the annual.

Jana Fitting, owner of InQ Publishing in North Aurora, who has published each of the collections since 1991, decided what writings made the cut, along with Robinson.

Fitting thought that emphasizing short stories would be a good move in each writer's career.

"That's where a lot of people make their leap to a full-length book," Fitting said. "We're trying to help them build their skills, and I think that's one of the main areas they can build their skills in to help them."

Fitting noted that there are many avenues for short stories, more so than other writing genres. They can be published in magazines, for example.

"Somehow you have to build your reputation and then get someone to look at it," she said. …