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Find Your Voice: How to Get Published @ Central

Find Your Voice: How to Get Published @ Central

CPL is delighted to kick off the 2023 Adult Summer Reading “Find Your Voice” Program with this special event! Join us to learn important information about getting published from a leader in the local community, and hear three Rhode Island authors talk about their experiences. Authors also will sign and sell copies of their books. Light refreshments will be served.

Free and open to the public. Register below to receive email reminders of the event or contact the library for assistance. 

Participation in this event is an eligible activity for the summer reading prize raffle. For more information about our summer reading program, please visit cranstonlibrary.org/summer-reading-2023.


2:00 - 2:45 PM
Steve Porter of Stillwater River Publications will address the following topics:

  • the differences between traditional, self-published, and hybrid options
  • finding an agent
  • what an author needs to do to prepare their work for publication

2:45 - 3:00 PM - Short break

3:00 - 3:30 PM
Rhode Island authors John Kostrzewa, Wendy Z Lewis, and Marilyn Wade will join Steve Porter for a moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A about their experiences getting their work published.

3:30 - 4:00 PM
The authors will sign and sell copies of their books.

Saturday, June 24, 2023
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Zach Berger; 401-943-9080 x3; zach@cranstonlibrary.org
James T. Giles Community Room
Central Library
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Register for this event using the form below. There are 49 seats available.

John Kostrzewa worked for 42 years in the newspaper industry as a business reporter, columnist, business editor and assistant managing editor. He retired from The Providence Journal in 2017 and in 2021 launched “Walking Rhode Island,” a weekly hiking column online and in the Sunday newspaper. Since then, he has written more than 100 columns and plans to publish a book, Walking Rhode Island, which will include 40 hikes for nature and history lovers with pictures, GPS coordinates, and trail maps. A College of the Holy Cross graduate, John resides in Cranston with his wife Carol.



Wendy Z Lewis is an award-winning former corporate copywriter for some of the world’s most renowned consumer brands. She was copywriter at several New York advertising agencies, Rhode Island’s Lifespan health system, and CVS Health. Her freelance work has appeared in national and regional print and online publications. She is the author of Jump in the Holes: and Other Small Ways to Live Your Biggest Life. Learn more at WendyZLewis.com.



Steven R. Porter is the author of two novels: the critically acclaimed Southie crime-thriller Confessions of the Meek and the Valiant, and the award-winning historical novel Manisses inspired by the rich history of Block Island. He is also the co-author of Scared to Death… Do It Anyway, a guide for individuals who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. He and his wife Dawn own Stillwater Books and the independent press, Stillwater River Publications, in Pawtucket, RI. He is founder and retired president of the  Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA).



Marilyn Wade, a.k.a. Mother Love,  decided to write Keep Pushing Forward because she got a second chance at life at the age of ten, and because the pandemic had taken many lives. Marilyn hopes the book will serve as a legacy for her family to let them know that she was young once upon a time. Marilyn prayed to God to allow her to finish the book for them, and hopes it will inspire others to never give up on their dreams, no matter what situations arrive. She likes to say, “If you still have a pulse, you still have a purpose.”