MANCHESTER - Join Linda Urban and Jo for a morning of writing and sharing on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Through interactive exercises we'll explore what makes a fantastic first page, how to "show not tell" to create an active and engaging scene, and much more. Writers of all experiences ages 10 and up welcome. Following the workshop, please join us for a reading with both authors. 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Workshop, ages 10 and up (grown ups welcome).

11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Break, enjoy some light refreshments compliments of the Northshire.

11:30 a.m. - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: A joint reading with both authors, followed by Q and A and a signing.

Reservations required, admission $5 per attendee, admission receipt good as voucher toward any book written by workshop leaders.

Please stop by the store or call (802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700) to purchase your ticket and reserve your spot.

Linda Urban's debut novel, 'A Crooked Kind of Perfect,' was selected for many best books lists and was nominated for twenty state awards.

Her novel 'Hound Dog True' received four starred reviews and was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2011. A former bookseller, she lives in Montpelier with her family.

'The Center of Everything,' her third work for middle-graders, came out in March of this year. The story follows 12-year-old Ruby as she deals with the passing of her grandmother and tries to make her greatest wish come true. She spoke with PW from her home in Vermont about wishes, myths, and doughnut lore.

Jo Knowles is the author of the young adult novels 'See You At Harry's,' 'Pearl,' 'Jumping Off Swings,' and 'Lessons from a Dead Girl.' She has a master's degree in children's literature. Some of her awards include two SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards; A New York Times Editor's Pick and Notable Book; the PEN New England Children's Book Discovery Award; YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults; International Reading Associations Young Adult Choices List; and Bank Street College's Best Books for Children (Outstanding Merit).

Jo lives in Vermont with her husband and son. 'See You at Harry's' is her first book for middle-graders.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.