Dream Big!

We offer young writers programs at the library from time to time, and the one thing we hear quite often is how a young person wants to be a writer when they grow up. It’s wonderful…the excitement a young person gets from reading books turns into a desire to write stories for other people to enjoy.

I came across this fun post on the CBC Kids website that offers up a great list of things a young writer can do to turn that dream into a reality some day. Take a few minutes to read through….especially if you have someone at home that could use some encouragement!

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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!