Voice Choice Workshop

The last in our spring writing series for 2017 will be VOICE CHOICE, on Tuesday, May 16th from 6-7pm at the Carleton Place Public Library. We welcome writers from past workshops, and anyone who might be interested in finding out how to find your own writing style.

We’ll cover a broad range of ideas revolving around writing style and choices that you make. Even if you haven’t written much before, but are interested in starting, this workshop will help you discover exactly how to get started.

Registration is open now, so please call 257-2702 for more information, or to sign up. It’s going to be an interesting session.

Creating Great Characters

2We still have a few spaces available tonight in our writing workshop on “Creating Great Characters”. This is the last in our winter series, but we’ll be presenting several more as the months go on.

Give us a call at 257-2702 to put your name on our list. We hope to see you tonight at the library!

Creating Great Characters

2This is the second in our Winter Writing Series, and is for people who are interested in making more out of the characters they’re writing.

Join us on Tuesday, February 21 from 6-7pm for an interesting workshop on how to write great characters into your books or stories. Adults only, please. Registration is a must, so call us at 257-2702, or drop by the library for more information.

Writing at the Library

WritingDid you know we have an ongoing writers group at the library? We started almost two years ago when we were approached about participating in National Novel Writing Month. Little did we know we’d have so many people participate and write more than one novel over many NaNoWriMo events! There are lots of writers in our community!

Our group consists of adults from all walks of life, and we’re looking for new members. Prior to our first meeting, almost no one had finished a novel on their own. But we’ve done workshops, writing challenges, and held many group meetings and our writers have completed novels, plays, poetry, memoirs, and even children’s books! It doesn’t matter what you write, we’re happy to have new members.

This is not a typical critique group where everyone submits work for criticism and editing. We are here to support each other, help with ideas, create long lasting friendships, and get to know people who are interested in writing. If you’re a more advanced writer with published books, plenty of critique partners, and workshop experience, this might not be the group for you, but you’re welcome to try us out.

In the next several months, we’re excited to start up a blog that will allow us to post some of our work, talk about the library writing group, and let everyone know what’s happening. We’ve also got plans to participate in upcoming NaNoWriMo events and maybe even a contest or two.

If you’d like to know more, drop by our March session on Tuesday, March 22nd from 1-2pm at the library. We’d love to grow our group a little more and get to know some more writers in our community.¬† Give us a call at 257-2702 for more information.

How to Tell a Story

8631214f-e8d3-40db-937d-c846b748b766Recently, at one of our NaNoWriMo group meetings, we talked about how to put together a story, and the art of the first line. While I spend a great deal of time with my young writers talking about elements of a story, and working specifically on first lines, I’ve never really done this with the adults.

But I came across this fabulous new book called, HOW TO TELL A STORY, by Daniel Nayeri, which is part book, part game…and now I want to use it everywhere! This book is used as a resource to allow children to learn how to construct a story using 20 interactive colour-coded blocks to help them along. Used in big groups or small, it’s a great way to get children of all ages to think about how stories work, and why they won’t work. I’m pretty sure our adults would have fun with this as an exercise as well.

You can see more about this interesting new teachable here:

Doesn’t this sound fun? I can’t wait to see what everyone writes!

Do You Have a Plan?

PLANI have written this blog since 2007. It’s a wonderful way for us to share information about our library, but also to connect our readers with fun or informative posts about all things bookish. (And not so bookish….we’ve had a lot of posts about Star Wars, apparently!)

I also have a personal blog, and write for another group blog, so you could say that blogging takes up a lot of my time. (Although I must admit, the last post in my personal blog was from—er, early October.)

Recently, we’ve had discussions with our adult writing group at the library about starting a blog, and what types of information we’d like to get out there to the public about writing at the Carleton Place Public Library. It’s in the beginning stages, really, without much of a plan yet, but I know that having a direction, and getting everyone on board with the same goals is going to make things a lot easier in the long run. Which made me very happy to see this informative post on By Regina regarding having a blog business plan.

A lot of the Regina’s plan involves making money, which is not the intention of our blog at all, but most of the advice is really, really good. And if you’re considering ways to make your personal blog even better, you could do a lot of good by trying to implement a few of the ideas.

My favourites?

  • Having a blog style guide to help you keep the look of your blog consistent and polished.
  • Tracking your monthly stats/analytics to see where you are generating traffic, and where things need to be improved. Stats can really tell you a lot about your content, and how you might manage slow spots.
  • Social promotion. We don’t do enough of this at the library, but promoting blog posts on other social media sites in a timely way, will bring in different readers.
  • Have a posting schedule.

There are plenty of great ideas here, but you can take what you like and mix and match. Also, if you followed a previous post about intentional ignorance, this might be too exhausting to work through. Even if you take one thing from this, it will improve your blogging greatly. Then….file it away and forget about it until you need it again.