Atlantic Highlands Arts Council Presents “Memoir into Fiction – Setting Your Characters Free”

Atlantic Highlands, NJ – On Friday, May 16th  at 7:30 pm at the Paper Moon Puppet Theatre, 171 1st Avenue, join the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council in this author lecture series featuring San Francisco based, British-born author Mary-Rose Hayes, who presents “Memoir into Fiction – Setting Your Characters Free”, the Pitfalls and Unexpected Rewards of Turning Memoir into Fiction.

Mary-Rose Hayes is the author of nine novels, most recently “What She Had To Do”, which includes the TIME/LIFE bestseller “Amethyst” and two political thrillers co-authored with Senator Barbara Boxer.  

Mary-Rose has taught creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley; Arizona State University; Squaw Valley Community of Writers at Lake Tahoe; and is currently co-director of an annual writers’ conference in Tuscany, Italy.  Her books have been translated into sixteen languages.

Mary-Rose Hayes will discuss writing her new novel “What She Had To Do”; the reason it took so long; why the characters in the book didn’t seem real until she stepped out of their lives and allowed them to develop on their own; and why, by the time she had typed “THE END” for the final time, she had surprisingly come to terms with past issues of her own. 


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Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online at  Tickets are limited.

The AHAC is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts.  For further information on the Arts Council, visit

This program is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...