Books! It’s what we all think of when we hear library. And when we hear library, we probably think books. But libraries have evolved since you visited as a child. Here are five ways Johnson County Library specifically supports writers.
- Writers Conference – our 2nd annual writers conference happened the last weekend of October. With Abigail Thomas as a keynote, and sessions offered on a wide range of topics, we received a lot of positive feedback. Mark your calendars for November 2 – 4. We’ll start planning in January to ensure a productive conference experience in 2017.
- Writing and Critique groups – Our Creative Writing Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday at the Central Resource Library. We’re working through the exercises in The 3 am Epiphany by Brian Kiteley. Writers Feedback meets the 2nd Wednesday at the Leawood Pioneer Library. These writers are working on independent projects and submit up to ten pages for feedback each month.
- On-line classes – Love your jammies? You can take classes on-line through Universal Class with your library card and PIN. From learning to read Tarot cards to training dogs, Universal Class has it. Our favorites, of course, are those focused on writing. Whether its grammar and punctuation, poetry, or business writing, there’s a class for everything you can think of.
- Poetry and Prose readings – The Writers Place brings two featured readers every third Tuesday to the Central Resource Library for the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series. In 2017 we look forward to the return of Arts in Prison hosted by Arlin Buyert, and Kansas Poet Laureate, Erik McHenry, as well as many new readers.
- Writing Contests— We love helping connect writers with new readers and supporting the talent surrounding us in our own hometown. We host monthly writing contests that are free to enter and offer winning writers $200 and a reading at the library.
None of these suit your needs? We continue to develop new programs and grow old ones. While we can’t do everything, sometimes we can do something. Reach out and tell us what you need.
About the Johnson County Library Through its 13 Branches County-wide, the mission of Johnson County Library is to provide access to ideas, information, experiences and materials that support and enrich people’s lives. The Library is supported by property taxes, by the Friends of Johnson County Library book sales, and by the philanthropic efforts of the Johnson County Library Foundation. Locations: www.jocolibrary.org
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