Emerging Writers Poetry Writing Workshop: Whatever It Takes: Settling Down

Thursday March 5, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Let's face it, life in the twenty-first century rarely lends itself to the kind of care and attention that leads to great poems. (Henry David Thoreau fretted about the pace of mainstream life before we’d even begun traveling in cars or talking on the telephone!) We'll explore the sorts of atmosphere and habits-of-mind that will lead to your best poems ever. We'll focus on identifying what’s already working and learn some brand new approaches to the blank page. You'll generate new material and leave with resources to keep you going. Finally get tips for organizing your drafts and final versions, and submitting your work for publication. Regular speaker, Lara Zielin, will be joined by Alison Swan for this poetry writing and publishing workshop.

Alison Swan's poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in many publications, including Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry, a new anthology from New Issues Press; North American Review; TriQuarterly; and her poetry chapbooks Before the Snow Moon and Dog Heart (both Alice Greene and Company). Her book, Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes (Michigan State University Press), is a Library of Michigan Notable Book. Alison Swan earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and teaches in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at Western Michigan University. Her website and blog, Forage, can be found here: http://alisonswan.net .

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday March 19, 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 Yang 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 for fiction and non-fiction writing.

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday March 19, 2015: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for Adults
This event will be recorded

For the last year and a half, crowds have gathered each month in the early evening - in bars and venues around Ann Arbor. Around 7pm, it begins: three boisterous speakers geek out up front. What is this? Some secret club?

Nope! It's Nerd Nite Ann Arbor! And it's open to anyone and everyone who loves to learn or share what they love.

For the uninitiated, Nerd Nite (NN) has been described as “...like the Discovery Channel™…with beer!” Sounds fun, right? It is! NN is held monthly in 70+ cities, giving several folks the opportunity to give 18-21minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. Imagine learning about everything from the science of the Simpsons to the genealogy of Godzilla. Fun stuff!

Doors open at 6:30, and speakers start at 7pm.

So show up, have a drink, meet other nerds, and learn a bunch of awesome new junk!

Want to see past topics and a little more info? Check NNA2's site.

AADL is sponsoring this month's event, so there will be NO COVER!

Mark your calendars and spread the word! Any and all nerds (and non-nerds!) who love learning and having a great time are welcome to join us!

"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! We'll have light refreshments and a very special guest speaker.

Entries will be accepted from February 9 - 27. For more information about the contest and for the completes guidelines see here