Comic-Drawing with Ruth McNally Barshaw

Thursday February 18, 2016: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K-5

Learn the art of story creation, draw characters, and brainstorm settings, story problems, friends and enemies with Ruth McNally Barshaw, author of the popular Ellie McDoodle Diaries book series!

Books will be for sale courtesy of Literati Bookstore

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday February 18, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors. This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Emerging Writers Workshop: How and When to Share Your Writing

Thursday March 3, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

When your book is finished, it’s time to share it with the world.

In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will discuss beta readers, agents, editors, and the best way to approach them.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops which offer support, learning and advice for local authors.

Each month, two weeks after the workshop (this month on Thursday, March 17 from 7 – 8:45 pm at Traverwood Branch), there is a Meet-Up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday March 17, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment.

Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

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.

Create Your Own Illustrated Book with Ruth McNally Barshaw

Wednesday April 6, 2016: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 4 - adult

Join Ruth McNally Barshaw, author of the popular Ellie McDoodle Diaries, for a hands-on workshop on how to make your own Ellie McDoodle or Diary of a Wimpy Kid-style illustrated book!

Emerging Writers Workshop: Publishing Options

Thursday April 7, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Things are changing in the book world, and writers have more places than ever to publish their work. But which option is best for you? In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will discuss the difference between traditional and self-publishing and examine the benefits and drawbacks of each path. This is part of the monthly, Emerging Writer’s Workshops, which offer support, learning and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a Meet-Up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

"Write On!" Story Contest Awards Celebration!

Sunday April 17, 2016: 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 "Write On!" Short Story Contest for Grades 3-5 this year, or want to support those who did, join us for the final awards celebration! Jean Alicia Elster, author of The Colored Car, will present her advice for young writers, we'll announce the winners, and all may enjoy light refreshments.

Entries will be accepted from January 25 - February 12. For more information about the contest and for the complete guidelines please visit the contest website!

Emerging Writers Workshop: Writing for Children w/ Shutta Crum

Thursday May 5, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Picture books, early chapter books and middle grade fiction may look simple, but writing them is hard work. In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be joined by a local author, Shutta Crum, to discuss inspiration, the writing process, and how children’s books get published. Shutta is the author of over 13 books for children of various ages. Shutta is also a professional storyteller, and a retired Ann Arbor District Library librarian. This is part of the monthly, Emerging Writer’s Workshops, which offer support, learning and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a Meet-Up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

"It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest Final Celebration!

Sunday June 12, 2016: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Celebrate and support writers of the "It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest! Winners in attendance will receive their awards, and YA author Patrick Flores-Scott will share his advice on writing!