Massillon Museum to Host Self-Publishing Workshop

Did you ever dream of holding a book that you wrote in your hands?
The Massillon Museum will offer a one-afternoon workshop with author JoAnn Shade on Sunday, April 23, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., to walk aspiring authors, ages 18 and older, through the process of self-publishing. Participants will review self-publishing options, learn about working with internet-based print-on-demand opportunities, talk about manuscript preparation and cover design, and discover how to develop a simple marketing plan.
JoAnn Streeter Shade, author of a dozen self-published books, brings a variety of experience, interests, and insight to the written page. She has ministered in Salvation Army congregations and social service programs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and has served at North Coast Family Foundation, a Christian counseling center in Northeast Ohio. She does consulting work with the Massillon Museum, is a regular contributor to Salvation Army publications, and is a weekly columnist for the Ashland Times-Gazette.
With a master of arts degree in pastoral counseling and a doctor of ministry degree in the “Women in Prophetic Leadership” track from Ashland Theological Seminary, she combines her academic training with a writer’s eye, a pastor’s heart, and a grandmother’s joy through Gracednotes Ministries. Learn more at
The workshop fee is $18 ($15 per Museum member). Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required for this workshop by April 18. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. For a complete class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit
The self-publishing workshop is part of the NEA Big Read. This year, the Massillon’s tenth year to receive the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant, the local book selection is True Grit by Charles Portis. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Art in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to restore reading for leisure to American culture.
Support for the local program is also provided by Massillon/North Canton Elks #2029, Rotary Club of Massillon, and ArtsinStark. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark to supplement its primary local funding.
For more information about the workshop or the NEA Big Read, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit or