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SVC Student Authors to Read at Northshire Bookstore

Four students from Southern Vermont College’s Shires Press Publishing Program will read from their newly-published works on Monday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester.

The Program, a collaboration with the Northshire Bookstore, is a unique curriculum available through the College’s Hunter Division of Humanities that guides students through the publishing process—from manuscript writing and editing, to publishing and online and retail promotion.

According to Division Chair and Associate Professor Jennifer Burg, the students, seniors Chyenne Daley, Jose Ferreras, Cierra Mincher, and Sarah Weiler, will read from their books and discuss the process at the May 1 event. “It’s been tremendous working with these students as they imagined and then made real their stories.  They’ve taught me much about commitment and creativity.”

In collaboration with Debbi Wraga, Indie Press Manager at the Northshire Bookstore, the students recently finalized the interior and cover designs for their books, and they will get to see the finished products on display at the store next month.

Their stories, all fiction, run the gamut in setting and drama. Chyenne Daley, a Psychology major with a minor in Creative Writing from Bronx, N.Y., published “A Girl Like Me,” a story about the  a young women dealing with the normal struggles of high school while navigating the grown up struggle of having an ill parent at home. Jose Ferreras, a Creative Writing major from Brooklyn, wrote, “The Vessel and the Key, Book One, Lightkeeper,” a futuristic tale with a young heroine who has helped save civilization in the past now fighting a new battle of unknowns. Cierra Mincher,  also a Creative Writing major, hails from Groton, N.Y. Her story, “As the Wind Blows,” is an historical romance set in the Midwest during the dust storms of the 1930s. Creative Writing and English major Sarah Weiler, from Sandgate, Vt., will read from her book, “The River Tines,” which focuses on the tiny town of Woodsborrow, Vt., and how the lingering presence of a dearly departed resident and the unexpected arrival of a flatlander named Josephine both disrupt and define what family can mean.

Students in the Shires Press Publishing Program, which began in 2014, receive copies of their published work as well as opportunities to promote their books in Northshire’s two retail outlets (Manchester, Vt., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and in online marketplaces.

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