Power of a Writing Group: Meet Three Debut Authors from the Page Six Writing Group

On Tuesday, March 5 at the Bedford Public Library, authors (from left to right) Jean Duffy, Laura Beretsky, and Bev Boisseau Stohl will talk about publishing their first books with help from the Page Six Writing Group. Courtesy photo

Submitted by The Bedford Free Public Library

Interested in taking your ideas from the page to the publisher? Join the Power of a Writing Group session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 in the first-floor meeting room at the Bedford Public Library to learn how three writers formed a group that produced three debut authors in 2023.

Learn about their stories and how the Page Six Writing Group – meeting for six years and counting – became an invaluable resource through the phases of writing, editing, publishing, and now book promotion. They will share how they structured their group and how it has evolved. The event will end with a question-and-answer discussion period.

Bedford resident Mindy Pollack-Fusi is a writing coach, Minuteman columnist, and Boston Globe correspondent. She is also a book publisher and author who will introduce the panel:

  • Laura Beretsky, author of Seizing Control (November 2023, Haley’s Publishing), wrote a memoir about the challenges of living with epilepsy, her quest for justice over workplace discrimination, and the patient self-advocacy required to get the best possible medical care.
  • Bev Boisseau Stohl, author of Chomsky and Me: A Memoir (2023 OR Books), wrote about her 24 years running the MIT office of renowned linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky. She finds humor and light amid dark topics while revealing the man behind the icon, examining her life choices in the process.
  • Jean Duffy, author of Soccer Grannies: The South African Women Who Inspire the World (2023 Rowman & Littlefield), wrote about a team of 40 to 80-year-olds who defy social convention to play soccer for the health benefits and companionship it provides.

The authors (all four of them) will have books for sale and signing. This is an in-person program only.

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