We’re Having a Kick-Off!

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We’re only a few short weeks away from National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. And once again, the Carleton Place Public Library will be an official Come Write In zone!  That means, we’re looking for people who want to write a novel during the month of November, and it doesn’t have to be done entirely at the library (although we would like you to try writing here at least once).

This coming Tuesday, October 21st from 6-7pm, we’re having our NaNoWriMo Kick-Off!  Join us for an hour to hear about our plans, and find out more about the whole idea. If you participated in April, this will just as much fun, and if you didn’t, come and participate this month!  We’ll have special write-in times, group events, inspirational daily emails and maybe even some snacks (because it’s hard work writing).

We’re looking for anyone aged 13+ who wants to write with us.  You can register on the official NaNo website, or just participate for fun.  But be prepared to write…we’re going to challenge you, and hopefully you’ll get that novel written.

Drop by the National Novel Writing Month website, or visit the blog for daily inspiration leading up to the event, as well as during NaNo.

Any questions?  Give us a call at the library, or drop by on Tuesday night for the event!

Will They Like It?

Margaret Atwood is participating in a project she’ll never live to see. None of us reading this today will, actually.  Scottish artist Katie Paterson came up with the idea to create a piece of ongoing art that will be celebrated 100 years from now. She’s calling it the Future Library Project, and each year, one new famous author will contribute a text to the work, beginning this year with Margaret Atwood.


In Oslo this past summer, 100 trees were planted in preparation for the book which will come out in 2114. Then, the trees will be cut down in order to make paper for the project. Will there even be paper books available in 2114? No one knows, of course, so Paterson and the rest of the people that make up the literary trust decided to make it simple for those who will publish the book next century.

Of course, this means none of Atwood’s fans–or fans of any of the other writers who are asked to contribute–will be able to read the story she’s written for the work. And Atwood is fine with this. She cautions that some of the language might not even be used 100 years from now, and the whole book might need some “translation” for future readers. It’s also exciting to her to think that many of the authors who will contribute might not even be born yet.

You can read the entire article here to find out more about the selection process for the compilation, and see how they’re going to move the project forward, considering most of the people involved in its creation will not be alive when it comes time to publish.

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Young Writers

2014-07-07 01.58.21Today, we’re excited to welcome young writers to the library for a fun summer program. It runs every Tuesday from 1 -2 pm, so call to register if you have a young writer at home who might be interested. We’re probably going to divide up the group so that we have kids aged 10 – 12 together, and then 13 and up in another group, but I’ll see who comes tomorrow and we’ll go from there.

This is going to be a fun program mainly, not a terribly serious one, although we will be learning lots each week. It will give every writer a chance to work on something each week and to be able to share it with the others. Don’t worry, we’re going to be a VERY kind group. This is all about enjoying the art of writing and learning how to become better.

Go ahead…..say something!



The End

A very generous Library Board member donates his issues of The Economist to the library each month, and they are a popular magazine for people seeking to know what’s going on within the world. I’d never read this magazine before prior to having it at the library, but I’ll take one home now on occasion because the articles are really fascinating and I always learn something.


One of the most interesting parts of the publication are the obituaries at the back of the magazine. Obituaries, you might ask? Yes. As it turns out, a woman named Ann Wroe writes each and every one, researching the lives of each person (or animal) she writes about. Take a moment to read this fascinating interview with Wroe as she talks about what it takes to write such fabulous obituaries.

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Say Something!

After our very successful adult writing program this spring, we’ve had a TON of people ask about doing something for young authors. So, we’re excited to announce a teen/tween summer writing program we’re calling “SAY SOMETHING!”


Our writing sessions will take place each Tuesday afternoon from 1-2pm all summer long. Depending on the number of people who sign up and their ages, we might end up dividing the group into sections, but we’ll decide that during the first session and give everyone a timetable.

Each session will focus on an aspect of writing that will improve craft, build confidence, and help our young writers to flesh out an idea. Who knows? Maybe we’ll be working with the next J.K. Rowling!

Registration will start on Monday, so give us a call at the library to get your young author on the list. We’re hoping for a nice group from grades 5 and up, but if the interest is there, we’ll take younger writers from ages 8 – 10 as well and form another group. While we might not be writing an entire book this summer, we’ll get everyone started and provide a safe and encouraging environment for everyone. It’s tough to be creative and to share that with others, but this will be fun. So get ready to SAY SOMETHING at the library this summer!

Revision Decisions


After such a successful run with Camp NaNoWriMo in April, we’ve decided to offer a special workshop for writers in May to deal with some of the tasks in the revision process. This workshop isn’t just for Camp NaNo-ers, it’s for anyone who would like to know a little more about revising their work, and to give everyone a few tools to go home and work on their writing. We’ll cover line edits, the bigger picture, and how to deal with the problems that plague writers in their first drafts.

No registration is required, but please join us on TUESDAY, MAY 13th from 6-8pm.  Bring along the first page or so of whatever you’re working on, and be prepared to discuss it. We’ll do our best to get to everyone, but the general ideas of revision will apply to all. It would be great, too, if you have a pitch idea for your work (also called an elevator pitch), something that tells us what your piece is about in a few sentences.

We’re looking forward to seeing all of our Camp NaNo-ers, and we hope to meet some new writers from our community that night, too!


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