Emerging Writers Workshop: Finish That Book! Shaping A Plot that Moves Your Story from Initial Idea to THE END

Thursday April 2, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Whether you’re a thorough plotter with a roadmap for each chapter, or you’re a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer, this workshop will cover the essential elements that every novel needs. Authors Alex Kourvo and Lara Zielin will show you how to open your novel with a bang, wrap up all the plot threads at the end, and make sure your middle never sags. They will also explain how to polish your prose and avoid the traps of tired text.

This event is part of a monthly series of writing and publishing events called the Emerging Writers Workshops, featuring perspectives from both traditional publishing and indie publishing.

There will also be an opportunity for workshop attendees to meet up at the Traverwood Branch on Thursday, April 16 to discuss their works-in-progress. Both Lara Zielin and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to offer advice, tips and review. These open houses will be a wonderful time to meet your fellow writers and potentially create your own writing group.

Polio: A Look Back At America’s Most Successful Public Health Crusade

Sunday April 12, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

The U-M Center for the History of Medicine presents the 14th Annual Horace W. Davenport Lecture in the Medical Humanities featuring David Oshinsky, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Medical Humanities, NYU School of Medicine, Professor of History, New York University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Polio: An American Story.

After a brief introduction by University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, Dr. Oshinsky will reflect on the 60th anniversary of the polio vaccine, approved for widespread public use in April 1955.

David Oshinsky’s book Polio: An American Story won the Pulitzer Prize for History, among other awards, and influenced Bill Gates to make polio eradication the top priority of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Other works include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; and Worse Than Slavery, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for distinguished contribution to human rights.

Professor Oshinsky’s reviews and essays appear regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other international publications.

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday April 16, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up.

This is a monthly meetup that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects. Local authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Alex Kourvo will be on hand to offer encouragement, answer questions, and point writers to resources. These open houses complement the Emerging Writers Workshops. These events feature perspectives from both traditional publishing and indie publishing and considerations of fiction and non-fiction writing.

"Write On!" Story Contest Awards Celebration!

Sunday April 19, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for youth (grade 3 and up) teens and adults.

If you participated in the 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Contest this year, or want to support those who did, join us for the final awards celebration!

Author Bryan Chick of the Secret Zoo series will share his thoughts on writing and we'll have light refreshments!

Entries will be accepted from February 9 - 27. For more information about the contest and for the complete guidelines please visit the contest webpage!

Even in Darkness: The Legacy of the Holocaust on the Next Generations and Researching Family Stories

Tuesday April 21, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

When she received a box of letters and documents from a German priest in 1996, local author Barbara Stark-Nemon was already captivated by the story of her great-aunt’s Holocaust survival, and the unconventional life she and the priest lived in post-war Germany. What she learned from the contents of that box cemented her motivation to write about it. Barbara will share the story of how 15 years of research, interviews, translations and international travel informed Even in Darkness, her debut novel, and how what she learned influenced her understanding of the Holocaust.

National Poetry Month: Poetry Night with Jeff Kass, Angel Nafis, Shira Erlichman & Volume Youth Poets

Wednesday April 22, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade nine and up

Ann Arbor's own Jeff Kass, poets from Neutral Zone's VOLUME Youth Poetry Project, and the spoken word artists Angel Nafis and Shira Erlichman present an evening of powerful poetry readings.

Jeff is an author, nationally-known poet, and teacher. He is also the Neutral Zone's creative arts director. Angel is an author and a nationally recognized dynamic youth voice. Singer, songwriter, musician, poet, and storyteller Shira Erlichman has opened for Ani DiFranco and toured her work nationally.