Emerging Writers Workshop: Beta Readers and Beyond: How To Build Your Writing Community

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

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

Writing is sometimes a lonely business, but it doesn’t have to be. This workshop will cover the basics of finding your literary tribe, whether online or face to face. Authors Lara Zielin and Alex Kourvo will show you how and when to share your writing, how to make deep online connections, and how to find (or start) a writer’s group that’s just right for you.

This 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. Considerations for fiction and nonfiction writing will be covered.

There will also be an opportunity for workshop attendees to meet up at the Traverwood Branch on Thursday, May 21 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.

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday May 21, 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 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.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Memoir Workshop with Phoebe Gloeckner

Thursday June 4, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Phoebe Gloeckner is an Associate Professor, School of Art & Design at U of M and is a graphic novelist. Her book, The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2002), was praised as "one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender, beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America." Phoebe will speak about the unique challenge and experience of writing, and publishing, memoir. The Diary of a Teenage Girl was also adapted as a film which debuted to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, in early 2015. It will be released in theaters later this year.

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

Sunday June 7, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Celebrate and support writers of the "It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest! Winners in attendance will receive their awards, and YA author Rebecca Donovan will share her thoughts on writing!