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TAPPING YOUR STORY’S FULL POTENTIAL

Author, editor, and story development guru Lorin Oberweger has been a fixture in the writing workshop circuit for more than two decades, serving as a faculty member for events held by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America, and other regional and national writing organizations. Her boutique editing company, Free Expressions, is now in its 25th year of operation, and – in addition to its personalized editing services – offers the popular Breakout Novel Intensives with literary agent Donald Maass, among other workshops. An award-winning writer herself, Lorin has received praise for her book-length fiction and nonfiction from the New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, NPR, and elsewhere.

What got you interested in the world of writing and books?

Here’s the expected answer – I was always a voracious reader. I can’t remember a time where I didn’t have a book in my hands. Plus, my grandfather was a printer, and I loved paper – the craft of bookmaking was so fascinating to me.

While I knew I wanted to be a writer from a very young age, I also enjoyed editing, starting with my high school literary

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