The Albuquerque Community Writing Center, an outreach project of the UNM Writing Across Communities Alliance,  joined the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries in the National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored The Big Read, a month long celebration of the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe.

On Sunday, Oct. 16, Robert Kresge presents "From Edgar Allan Poe to the Mysteries You Want to Write," a mystery fiction discussion and workshop on perfecting the elevator pitch and writing query letters. Kresge, acclaimed mystery writer, will also sign autographs for "Painted Women," the latest sequel in the Warbonnet Series. The workshop and book signing are at the Taylor Ranch Library in northwest Albuquerque, 2-4 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, Gary Jackson, UNM alumnus, poet and winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for his collection, "Missing You, Metropolis," presents "Image, Persona, Voice: Finding Inspiration in the Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe," a poetry workshop and discussion at the Main Library in downtown Albuquerque at 2 p.m., with a book signing to follow.

ABQCWC, an initiative of UNM's Writing Across Communities, is a writing center without walls, a drop-in service for all members of the Albuquerque community. ABQCWC's mission is to provide self-motivated people of all abilities, educational backgrounds, socio-economic standing and professional affiliation with the tools, training and encouragement they require to fulfill their practical, civic, personal and social needs through writing. Our fall hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Main Library.

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