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Ask an Author - A Forum for Young Writers

Monday, May 1st, 2017, 4pm - 5:30pm
Park Road Books

4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209

The Charlotte Writers' Club and Park Road Books have teamed up to present:

Ask an Author: A Forum for Young Writers. This is a free event! Students who are interested in writing are invited to join us for this opportunity to talk with area authors. The forum is informal and geared toward questions young writers have.

The Charlotte Writers’ Club has been encouraging writers of all genres for nearly 100 years. We want to give back to the community and support young authors as they begin their journeys into the literary world. Park Road Books, our partner for this event, opened its doors in 1977, and is Charlotte’s only independent bookstore.   

Please contact Debra Wallin if you have questions.

Format and Authors Participating

The format of this event will be informal.  Each author will speak for a few minutes on who they are and what kind of things they have written and how they got started.  After all the authors have spoken, we will open it up for questions from the students.


Kathleen Burkinshaw

Andrew Daly

Jack Hemphill

Lisa Kline

Barbara Lawing

Bob Rogers

Kathleen Burkinshaw resides in Charlotte, NC. She’s a wife, mom to a daughter in college,and owns a dog who is a kitchen ninja.  For the past six years, she has visited middle schools to discuss her mother’s life in Hiroshima during the last year of WWII and her experience when the atomic bomb dropped on August 6th. During this time, she wrote her debut Middle Grade historical fiction, THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM (Sky Pony Press August 2016). Writing historical fiction also satisfies her obsessive love of researching anything and everything.

Andrew Daly is a 17 year old student at Ardrey Kell High School and the author of Portal of Vaal. Andrew has given literacy/writing presentations at Oakhurst STEAM Academy, Elizabeth Lane Elementary, Jay M Robinson Middle School and Chantilly Montessori School. He has been a member of the Charlotte Writer's Club for 5 years and is currently working on two other novels. Andrew will be attending NC State this fall majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Jack Hemphill is a native of Charlotte. Jack enjoys writing literary fiction set in North Carolina (Redbriar) and historical fiction (Exhibition of the Song Bo paintings).  He also likes to write poetry and flash fiction. He has been married over 45 years to Barbara Hemphill, and Holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Clemson University. Currently President of Hemphill-Randel Associates, Architects.

Lisa Williams Kline is the author of eight middle-grade novels, including Eleanor Hill (Carus), winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award, Princesses of Atlantis (Carus), Write Before Your Eyes (Delacorte), and the 5-book Sisters in All Seasons series (Zondervan).  Lisa teaches workshops in writing for young people to both adults and teens, critiques manuscripts, and is a mentor in the SCBWI Mentor Program.

Barbara Lawing is a writer, teacher, writing retreat leader, and host of Huntersville’s Writers Day Camp.

Bob Rogers is an author, playwright, entrepreneur, past IBM intrapreneur, speaker, and volunteer Information Technology instructor.    Bob is a former army captain, paratrooper, and combat veteran of the Vietnam War in Troop A, 10th Cavalry.  His Alma Mater is South Carolina State University.
Today, he writes historical fiction and speaks to fulfill his goal of “entertaining to educate.”  During and after his thirty-three year sojourn at IBM, Bob created and still teaches gratis computer and Internet classes for senior citizens.
Bob tends his spring and fall gardens in Charlotte, North Carolina

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