EAU GALLIE — Everyone has a story within them, sometimes it just takes an extra push to jog the motivation train to get words down on paper.

Melbourne author and writing coach Malcom Massey will host a “Write Your Story” workshop from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave, Melbourne.

This free, introductory workshop aims to encourage attendees to share their ideas, while respecting others’ intellectual property, and get you started on your creative journey.

Whether that’s to publish a book of poems, a memoir, a short story collection, or a novel, Mr. Massey hopes to inspire writers of all ages through his workshops.

Write Your Story is just one step in Mr. Massey’s overall goal to start his Inspire Writers Center, a nonprofit organization designed to increase literary education and culture.

“From Authors for Authors and Space Coast Writer’s Guild, we hope to draw instructors,” Mr. Massey said. “One of the ideas of this is we help each other. People who have published are able to help people who aren’t published and aren’t sure of what steps to take to get off the ground.”

Mr. Massey brings with him years of experience as a published author himself and as an instructor with The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA, as well as teaching at the college level for nonprofits in the United States and abroad.

Encouraged by one of his own teachers at an early age to read and write, Mr. Massey said writing for him has been a tool to make an impact in the world.

His series, revolving around a character named “Martin Culver,” is based on Mr. Massey’s experiences living in Central and South America. Martin is an author-turned-adventurer seeking to return stolen treasures back to their rightful countries of origin.

“One of the classes I hope to teach in the future is managing characters over the course of a series and how to maintain that consistency,” Mr. Massey said.

The Inspire Writers Center is in its early stages of development, but interested readers can reach out to Mr. Massey through email at connect@inspirewriterscenter.org or Facebook by searching “Inspire Writers Center.”

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