Author to Offer Workshop, Book-signing

 Allison Crotzer Kimmel  (Provided photo)

Allison Crotzer Kimmel (Provided photo)

CLEARFIELD – The Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library will welcome author and former Clearfield resident Allison Crotzer Kimmel on Wednesday as part of the young adult and adult summer reading program.

Kimmel will present a “Creative Writing Workshop” at 2 p.m. for interested young adults and adults. She will return to the library that evening at 6:30 p.m. for a book signing and discussion of her recently published books.

According to the author’s biography, she published her first book, “Prepped and Punked: Bringing 1980s and 1990s Flair to Your Wardrobe,” in January. Additionally, she has two nonfiction titles set for publication in 2015.

Kimmel, who grew up in Clearfield, knew early on that she wanted to be a writer. She is a past winner of the Shaw Public Library Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest.

She attended Bucknell University and moved to California to teach following graduation. After leaving the teaching profession to pursue her love of writing, she earned a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California.

Kimmel’s middle grade manuscript “Toots” was named a Sue Alexander Honor Book at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in 2012.

The “Creative Writing Workshop” will spark creativity and enlighten the audience on the publishing process. To reserve a space for the workshop, please contact the front desk of the library.

Kimmel will have copies of the book for sale following the evening program and light refreshments will also be available.

Please contact Shaw Public Library at 814-765-3271 for additional information or to register for the “Creative Writing Workshop”.

The library is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Fridays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Additional information can also be found on Shaw Public Library’s Web site at or by following the Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library on Facebook.

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