Turning your scribbles into published pages

Surrey author Ben Nuttall-Smith speaks at the Surrey Art Gallery about how to land a publisher.

Author Ben Nuttall-Smith will speak at the Surrey Art Gallery on Feb.2.

Author Ben Nuttall-Smith will speak at the Surrey Art Gallery on Feb.2.

We all have stories to tell. Anyone can write a book.

How does one go from that first page to the ultimate joy of professional publication? On Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Thursday Artist Talk speaker series at the Surrey Art Gallery, locally published author and poet Ben Nuttall-Smith presents the steps for a writer to get accepted by a publisher.

Surrey-based Nuttall-Smith will use examples from his own writing experience and search for a publisher, as well as segments from his two recent novels. Admission is free.

Ben Nuttall-Smith taught music, theatre, art, and language until he retired in 1991. He is an executive member of the Canadian Authors’ Association, Fraser Valley representative for the Federation of British Columbia Writers, an Editorial Board member for the Canadian Poetry Association, and member of The Writers’ Union of Canada. His publications include an historical novel (Blood, Feathers and Holy Men, 2011), a biographical novel (Secrets Kept / Secrets Told, 2012), three books of poetry (Word Painting, Splashes of Light, Scribbles from Afar), and a 3500 word illustrated children’s book (Henry Hamster Esquire). In recognition of his work as a writer, and of his significant contribution to the community of writers, Nuttall-Smith was the recipient of Surrey Board of Trade’s 2011 Special Achievement Award.

There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk, which concludes by 9 p.m. This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey.

The Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave. Phone 604-501-5566 or check www.surrey.ca/arts.