The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Aspiring Writers Invited to Free Book Publishing Seminar

Books For Life Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating aspiring authors and poets about the book publishing process, announces a free seminar entitled "How To Become a Published Author: A to Z" at the main branch of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library. The 90-minute seminar will be held Tuesday, June 10 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Speaking will be Mark Shaw, creative director of the Foundation and the author of 12 published books, including Book Report, Publishing Strategies, Writing Tips, and 101 Literary Ideas For Aspiring Authors and Poets.

The seminar is a result of a unique partnership between the library, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Books For Life Foundation, whose founding benefactor is Chattanooga-based philanthropist Jack Lupton.

"Mr. Lupton’s blessing has permitted the Foundation to assist more than 800 writers during the past year," Shaw stated. "We are proud to co-sponsor a seminar in Chattanooga that will provide education for so many talented writers in the area."

Books For Life Foundation, which hosts publishing and writing skills seminars at libraries, high schools, and corporations, has joined Writer’s Digest to co-sponsor the $25,000 John T. Lupton "New Voices In Literature" Awards. Entries have been received from South Africa, Israel, Hungary, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, and across the United States. The winners in the fiction and non-fiction book proposal categories were recently announced at the BookExpo America convention in Los Angeles.

Information about the seminar can be obtained through the Library, by e-mailing or, or by contacting Bis Whitacre at (317) 685-2500. More information is available at Books For Life Foundation.