For more information and to register for the classes below, contact EXPLORE! Program Coordinator Tamra Stark at 623-544-6194 or email You can also register online by visiting suncitywest.comand selecting Explore! under Things To Do. 

GETTING PUBLISHED, with your first or next novel, 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays, March 26 and April 2, Palm Ridge Rec Center, Acacia Room,  limited to 35 people; $25 fee. 

The publishing world has changed dramatically in the past decade and authors have more options than ever to get their first or next novel published. While there is no “easy” route to take, this workshop is designed to introduce writers to the major avenues available – traditional publishing and self-publishing. The first session will outline traditional publishing and will address the key elements – writing a query letter and submitting a query, submitting a manuscript, finding an agent and/or publisher. The second session will describe self-publishing and will examine the differences between vanity publishing and real self-publishing, pitfalls to avoid, formatting a manuscript, choosing a printer/publisher. Both sessions will address marketing and creating a marketing plan. Even large traditional publishers insist their authors come prepared with a solid plan to sell their books on the world marketplace.

Instructor Ann Goldfarb, a New York native, spent most of her professional life in education as a teacher, principal and staff developer. Writing has always been integral to her world and her real passion is writing mystery/suspense adventures for young adult audiences. She has seven published novels and has written non-fiction for Madavor Media/Jones Publishing. Time travel, the vehicle she embraces, is her hook into historical fiction. Instructor Gale Leach’s first book, The Art of Pickleball, won the Arizona Book Award in 2007. This success spurred her to try fiction, a lifelong dream. In 2010 she established her own publishing company, Two Cats Press, and published her first novel, Bruce and the Road to Courage, along with the books of several other authors. Gale added three more books to the “Bruce and Friends” series, all of which captured multiple awards, and is writing another.