Writing seminar scheduled at Hillsboro library

By Sarah Allen

A local writer/editor with decades of experience in the publishing world will be hosting a seminar at the Hillsboro library.

Carol Cartaino will be discussing “How to Edit Your Own Writing” on Thursday, Oct. 6. The seminar begins at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s downstairs meeting room. No registration is needed for the seminar.

Cartaino said that the seminar will address a range of aspects, from smaller edits, such as word choice, to larger edits, such as structure.

“Although there seems to be a widespread myth that writing pours out in inspiration … all writing benefits from editing,” Cartaino said.

“It is difficult to edit yourself,” she added. “Most writers know this.”

However, she said, self-editing is not impossible.

“You can do it,” Cartaino said. “There are a lot of things you can do yourself.”

Cartaino is originally from New Jersey, where she was an editor in the Trade Division of Prentice-Hall, Inc. for 10 years. Following that, she came to Ohio and was the editor-in-chief of Writer’s Digest Books. She has also given speeches and workshops on writing in 12 states.

For more information on the seminar or other upcoming events, visit www.highlandco.org or search “Highland County District Library of Ohio” on Facebook.

Sarah Allen is an assistant librarian at the Hillsboro Public Library.

By Sarah Allen