Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday October 16, 2014: 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.

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday September 18, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

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. Emerging Writers Workshops feature perspectives from traditional and indie publishing.

Emerging Writer's Workshop: What To Talk About When You Talk About Your Book

Thursday October 2, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Teens in Grades 6-12 and Adults

How do you tell others about your book? Is there a way to sum up an entire book without getting bogged down in detail or leaving out the main point? In “What To Talk About When You Talk About Your Book,” authors Margaret Yang and Lara Zielin will cover the essential documents every writer needs: query letters, synopses, log lines and blurbs. Join us for this Emerging Writers Workshop, featuring perspectives from indie and traditional publishing.

Emerging Writers Workshop: The Art of Writing What You Know

Thursday September 4, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 6 - adult.

Do you have deep knowledge of and passion for a particular subject? How can you turn that into a nonfiction book that publishers will want? Authors Margaret Yang and Lara Zielin discuss how to turn your expertise into a nonfiction book, with special contributions from a bestselling (and local) nonfiction author.

Banned Books Week: Create "Censored" Poetry

Tuesday September 23, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6-adult.

Using old book pages, teens and adults will use markers and colored pencils to create their own poems by artistically highlighting certain words and blacking out others.

NaNoWriMo Kick Off Party

Sunday October 26, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grade 9 - Adult

If you've ever thought about writing a novel, here's your inspiration: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)!

National Novel Writing Month is a non-profit event that encourages teens and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel during the month of November. Participants begin writing on November 1 with the goal of writing a 50,000 word (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.

Hosted by the local NaNo liaison Eric Foldenauer, this event includes light refreshments - so come and enjoy and get your creative juices flowing. Meet other local writers who will inspire you to face the challenge!

Official NaNoWriMo writing sessions will be held at the Downtown Library during November, but get a head start and celebrate with this great kick off party!

Pete the Cat Fanmail!

Monday December 22, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5.

Make a Pete the Cat puppet and write and illustrate letters that will be sent to Eric Litwin, author of the popular Pete the Cat series.

Quiz: How much do you know about the upcoming Awards Celebration on June 3?

Take this quiz to see how much you know about the 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Challenge Awards Celebration on June 3!

1. The fabulous children's author who will be present at the event is...
a. Bob Shea
b. Laura Numeroff
c. Lisa Wheeler
d. Lara Zielin

2. Writers who participated in the Challenge will receive...
a. bacon
b. a certificate
c. a commemorative pen
d. a wheelbarrow

3. Everyone interested in kids' library events can pick up...
a. the pace
b. steam
c. the pieces
d. the new summer Jump! brochure

4. There will be a food table with...
a. cookies and water
b. cookies and cream
c. donuts and lemonade
d. Elephant and Piggie

5. The top 9 winners of the Challenge will get...
a. a deflated tire
b. a smelly old sock
c. a pony!
d. a Target gift card

Whew, tough quiz. Let's see how many you got right:
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If you got:
1 correct: You need to study up. Try stopping by the Awards Celebration and then try again!
2-4 correct: Nice! It sounds like you missed a couple things, but you can make up for that by coming to the Awards Celebration in person!
5 correct: Superstar! Show off your amazing quiz-taking skills by coming to the Awards Celebration!

Parent’s Corner: Get Them Writing

May is Short Story Month – a time to celebrate the short story and hone those writing skills. This isn’t just for adults! Many children love listening to stories, and writing their own is the next step in the process. AADL has books on helping children with their writing, and some are located on the Parent Shelf.

The Parent Shelf is located in the downtown youth area, and on this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including autism, and everything from language to potty training to safety to bullying. These books are available for checkout and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf.” Here are a few to jumpstart writing success:

* Your child's writing life: how to inspire confidence, creativity, and skill at every age

* 1001 writing projects for students: a paragraph a day plan for writing success

* Beyond bedtime stories: a parent's guide to promoting reading, writing, and other literacy skills from birth to 5

* Ways of writing with young kids : teaching creativity and conventions unconventionally

Speaking of short stories, congratulations to the winners of AADL's 2014 Teen Short Story Contest and good luck to those 3rd-5th graders who entered the Short Story Challenge this year!

"It's All Write!" 2014 FINAL RESULTS

If you weren't able to attend the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, the official list of the 2014 Winners of the "It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest is now posted! Finalists and winners that were absent from the ceremony will receive their awards in the mail.

Thank you to all who participated and those who support the writers of Ann Arbor and beyond!

Looking for cool writing events to attend now that the school year is almost over? Check out the upcoming Emerging Writers Workshops with Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang on May 15 and June 5!

Happy writing!

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