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Collin College Continuing Education Hosts Writer's Workshop

Sept. 23, 2013 – Continuing Education will host the second annual Writer's Workshop on Friday and Saturday, Oct.4 and 5, at the Courtyard Center, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., in Plano.

During this two-day workshop, attendees will participate in breakout sessions, hear keynote speakers and network with fellow writers.  The workshop is designed for adult novice writers and published authors.  To register, visit For questions, call 972.982.3758.

1-6 p.m.
Friday, October 4

  • 1 p.m. - Welcome
  • 1:15-1:55 p.m. – Author Patricia VanWie will speak on “The New Face of Publishing”
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • 3:40-5:10 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • 5:10-6 p.m. - Mix, Mingle and review books

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 5

  • 9-10:30 a.m. - Breakout Sessions 
  • 10:40-11:55 a.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • Noon - Luncheon & keynote speaker/author Brian Smith will speak on “The Four P's of Marketing”
  • 1:30-3 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • 3:10-4:40 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • 4:40-6 p.m. - Mix, Mingle and Snack

Author Patricia VanWie has been immersed in the publishing world for more than 20 years. VanWie has published 11 novels for three major publishers, including Ballantine, Bantam and Harlequin. In 2010, VanWie took a position as senior editor for Bell Bridge Books to build their mystery and suspense list. She has taught writing workshops and classes around the country.

Brian W. Smith is the owner of Hollygrove Publishing and is currently signed to Simon and Schuster. Smith is the host of the popular Internet radio show, "The Scribe Spot" and is editor-In-chief of "The Grove" literary e-magazine. He is the author of 10 novels – four have become best sellers.

Collin College Continuing Education is the leading career skills training institution for adults who are not seeking a degree.  More than 53 certificate series and certification preparation training programs are offered in the health care, computer, administrative, manufacturing, logistics, education, management, service and hospitality career fields.

Collin Collegeserves nearly 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development.