Author Laurie Ann Thompson will present a workshop on how to write meaningful stories without moralizing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1, 206-386-4636 .

The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library's parking garage for $7. Seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. Accommodation requests may be made to the Library's Equal Access program by calling 206-615-1380 with seven days advanced notice.

Attendees should bring a pen or pencil and paper, or a fully charged laptop, to the class and be prepared to write.

How can writers create meaningful, impactful stories that don't bore readers (or editors) to tears with a moralizing message? Using exercises and discussion, author Laurie Ann Thompson will help workshop attendees identify how to make successful books while sharing powerful, personal lessons.

Thompson writes for children and young adults. She is the author of "Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah," a finalist for the Washington State Book Award for Picture Books and winner of the ALA Schneider Family Award; "Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters," the winner of the 2015 Book of the Year Award from the Coalition of Visionary Resources; "My Dog Is the Best," a picture book awarded a 2015 Blue Ribbon from The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books; and the newly released "Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!," first in a new nonfiction series and a Junior Library Guild selection.

This class is part of the Library's Seattle Writes: Second Sunday series. Look for a free writing class the second Sunday of each month.

Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. The program series is made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Amazon Literary Partnership.