Make a Mini-Book at Traverwood on November 6

Tuesday, November 6 | 4 - 5pm | Traverwood | Grades K - 5

Create your very own mini-book(s) and illustrate with markers, stickers, stamps, and more! Learn some helpful tips for writing fiction and non-fiction mini-books and share story ideas with others.

Can't make the event? Want to brush up your writing skills before the event? Check out these books from the AADL with tips for writers!

AADL NaNoWriMo Write-Ins

Saturdays, November 3 and November 17 | 2:00-3:30 PM | Traverwood Branch

Head to the Library for some space to work on your novel for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Hurry - the novel has to be finished by November 30!! AADL provides the space - YOU provide the creativity! What are you waiting for? Join the Write-Ins! Another Write-In will occur at the Traverwood Branch on Sat., Nov. 17. Then come to the TGIO (Thank God It's Over) Celebration with author Lara Zielin on Sat., Dec. 1!

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

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved. For more information about NaNoWriMo, visit nanowrimo.org.

Sacred Scents And Aphrodisiacs: An Olfactory Writing Workshop

Tuesday October 30, 2012: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Michelle Krell Kydd is a flavor and fragrance expert and award winning blogger who uses her training as a "nose" to bring stories to life. She is editor of an award-winning blog on smell and taste called Glass Petal Smoke.

Michelle will take you on a journey of storied scents used in perfumery and gastronomy. Attendees will smell ingredients reserved for use by chefs and perfumers, and learn how to use "smell mapping" to transform the emotion summoned by scent into words and stories.

See which emotions, stories and memories are conjured from different scents!

The Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition

Check this out! Starting on October 15 and ending with the final deadline on December 15, 2012, a writing contest is open to students who are enrolled in grades 8-11 during the 2012-13 academic year. There is no entry fee and all entries can be submitted online. For complete details or to submit an entry, visit the contest page on the Interlochen website.

The Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition bears the name of a philanthropist and longtime Interlochen supporter. Ball attended Interlochen Arts Camp in 1941 and later served on the Alumni Board and the Board of Trustees. She passed away in 2003. A 2007 commitment from the Edmund E. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation endowed this biennial creative writing competition that provides substantial scholarship support for a creative writing major who demonstrates great potential.

The winner of the competition will receive up to $30,000 to attend Interlochen Arts Academy as a creative writing major and their work will be included in the 2014 Interlochen Review.

Ann Arbor District Library sponsors it's own writing contest, an annual short story writing contest which this upcoming year begins in January 2013.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Kickoff Party

Saturday, October 27 | 2:00-3:30 PM | Traverwood Branch

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

Join us for the big Kick-off Party, hosted by the local NaNo liaison Eric Foldenauer! This event includes refreshments - so come and enjoy and get your creative juices flowing as we begin this extraordinary month! Meet other local writers to inspire you to face the challenge!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 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 50,000 word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.

NaNoWriMo writing sessions will be held at Traverwood Branch during November – but get a head start and celebrate with this great kick-off party.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 9 and up).

Banned Books Week Event: Poet And Publisher Mariela Griffor

Wednesday October 3, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Thirty Years Of Liberating Literature is theme for this 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week (September 30 through October 6). To observe the week, AADL welcomes acclaimed poet and publisher Mariela Griffor, who will read from her work and discuss her extraordinary life.

Griffor is the author of "Exiliana" and "House," and founder of Michigan's Marick Press, a not-for-profit literary publisher, founded to preserve the best work by poets of the American Midwest.

This event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

Write Michigan! -- Statewide Short Story Contest

Short story writers, grab your laptops for the first annual Write Michigan Contest
presented by Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and Schuler Books & Music.

Writers of all ages can enter, with cash prizes awarded for Readers' Choice and Judges' Choice.
Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press in both print and eBook format.

Entries accepted September 4 – November 30, 2012

One story per author
Maximum story length: 3000 words
Entry fee: $10.00 for 18 and older
(free for 17 and younger)
Contest open to Michigan residents only
See complete contest guidelines

The Write Michigan Contest has an entry deadline of November 30, 2012.
Winners will be announced by the first of February and celebrated on March 19, 2013 at the Grand Rapids Public Library.

A great opportunity for aspiring writers!

Have You Read a Good Short Story Lately?

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For twenty years the AADL has sponsored an annual Short Story Contest often refereed to as It's All Write! A challenge to judge, but a pleasure to read, these stories are selected first as Finalists, then as Winners by authors, who amongst them have won many awards from the Printz to the Hopwood. This year's stories can be found here.

In addition to local teen writers' stories, here's a list of Teen Short Story Collections from your library's collection, along with publications from 826michigan, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Interspersed with reading great short stories is writing some too, and here's a couple titles that could help, Writing To Describe and 1001 Writing Projects for Students.

"There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories." Ursula K Le Guin

Coming Soon -- New Book Clubs to Go Kits

The AADL's Book Clubs to Go collection continues to grow! Book Clubs To Go (BCTG) is a service of the AADL that provides local book clubs with the convenience of complete kits for book discussions. Included in each BCTG are 10 copies of the featured book for discussion (or 10 each of two related titles), 1 copy of movie DVD if available, a resource folder containing the following: summary information and reviews of the title(s); author biography; a list of suggested discussion questions and read-alikes; tips for book groups; and evaluation forms so you can let us know what you think of the service.

The library will be releasing several new BCTG kits in the coming weeks, including the following:

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai is the story of "Lucy Hull, a young children's librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, who finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home."

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, is a non-fiction book that "intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death."

The Greater Journey by David McCullough, also non-fiction, is "the enthralling, inspiring -- and until now, untold -- story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work"

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet is "the first-ever memoir by an autistic savant, a man who can speak ten languages, who sees numbers with color and texture, who broke a record by memorizing over 22,000 digits of pi --and can write about it all with inspiring and heartbreaking simplicity and clarity."

In Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell, "sixteen-year-old Margo takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother. Her river odyssey through rural Michigan becomes a defining journey, one that leads her beyond self-preservation and to the decision of what price she is willing to pay for her choices."

Self-Publishing: Going Indie In The Literary Industry

Saturday September 8, 2012: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Hear from successful indie writer Chris Profeta about his experiences with self-publishing and how effective writing habits can make your own work come to completion. This is a great forum to learn about publishing without a publishing house for those curious about the recent surge of self-published authors. Writers should not miss this opportunity!

This event is Grade 6 to adult.

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