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Author Jim Hines gives talk about how to add diversity in writing stories


Group president Ericka Kahler, left, and Jim Hines. Author Jim Hines is the guest speaker at the Northwest Ohio Writers' Forum at the Way Public Library in Perrysburg.

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Author Jim Hines offered tips to writers on how to add diversity to characters and how to avoid the traps of stereotyping during a presentation today at Way Public Library in Perrysburg.

His appearance, scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, was hosted by the Northwest Ohio Writers Forum.

PHOTO GALLERY: Northwest Ohio Writers' Forum with Jim Hines

Mr. Hines is the author of the the Goblin Quest fantasy novels as well as the Princess series. He won a Hugo award for his blog exploring gender and cover art for novels. His latest book, Libriomancer, is available from Daw Books.

Meetings of the Northwest Ohio Writers Forum are open to the public. Area residents who have ever thought about making a living as a writer or those who like to write just to see what's going to happen are encouraged to attend the meetings. 

The writers forum has been providing education, inspiration, and motivation for writers of all genres since 1983.

Its meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month except July, August, and December at various branches of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

Annual membership fee is $25 a year and $15 for students. Meetings offer a creative, supportive environment, the group says. Topics can range from crafting dialogue to copyright law to freelance writing.

For more information about the group, send an email to or call 419-202-0642.

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