Patricia Skalka has been a professional nonfiction writer her entire career, including nearly 20 years as a Reader’s Digest Staff Writer, when she made the jump to fiction. The transition wasn’t easy – but along the way she learned many valuable lessons. Among them: 1) Having an intellectual grasp of the process wasn’t enough; she needed emotional awareness as well (a visit to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona provided this insight). 2) Writing is discovering – she had to experiment with different styles and approaches until she found what worked for her. 3) Competing with writers who worked faster or longer hours invited discouragement, she had to learn to write at her own pace and to recognize that the pace would vary. Writing is hard work, but she believes that sharing the many lessons she has learned can help others in their personal journeys to success. This event is free and open to the public.