Writing at JMRL
This site is a WORK IN PROGRESS.
Writing Groups at JMRL
- Creative Writing at Central Library
- Meets 3rd Wednesdays of the month unless otherwise noted (please see the current schedule).
- Come explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creativity flowing. Feel free to share your work in this non-judgmental environment. Registration requested: please e-mail email@example.com or call 979.7151 x4.
- Writing Critique at Central Library
- Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays unless otherwise noted (please see the current schedule).
- Improve your writing by getting feedback from your peers. Participants will bring copies of work previously written to share with peers, and will help constructively critique others work as well. No registration necessary. For more inquiries, contact Hayley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 979.7151 x4.
- Musings: A Teen Writer’s Workshop at Crozet Library
- First Tuesdays at 6:30pm (please see the current schedule for specific dates).
- Join other teen writers every month to stretch the imagination with new techniques and diverse prompts that will inspire your creative writing process. Feel free to bring any of your writing with you and receive helpful feedback. Grades 7-12. Registration recommended. Drop-ins are always welcome.
Below you’ll find some writing resources that you can use to help inspire your writing:
Books and Materials at JMRL
- Kicking in the Wall by Barbara Abercrombie
- 808.03 Abercrombie
- A year of prompts and creative exercises good for the creative fiction and nonfiction writing alike.
- Rip the Page: Adventures in Creative Writing by Karen Benke
- 808.042 Benke
- A great way to think outside of the box and just start writing. Good for teens through adults.
- Beyond the First Draft: The Art of Fiction by John Casey
- 808.3 Casey
- Write Your Novel in a Month: How to Complete the First Draft in 30 Days and What to Do Next by Jeff Gerke
- 808.3 Gerke
- Check out current and back issues of Writer’s Digest magazine electronically to your mobile device using Zinio and your JMRL Library Card. Or come into the Central or Gordon Avenue Library to read the most current issue, and bring home the back issues for later!
Also see: Books for Teen Writers
Great Websites for Writing Prompts
NaNoWriMo at JMRL
NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, and takes place annually from November 1-30. During this time, writers can challenge themselves to write a novel (50,000 words or more) before the month is through. On their website, writers can register for NaNoWriMo and have access to lots of great resources including coaches, reminders, word counts, and more, and can also get in touch with their local writing communities. Below, check out some of the books NaNoWriMo.org recommends for getting you through your 30-day novel!
Books We Love: A Reading List from NaNoWriMo.org
See this list on their website here.
- The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It... Successfully! by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry
- 070.52 Eckstut
- The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
- 153.35 Cameron
- Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
- 808.02 Bradbury
- 808.02 Embree
- Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
- 808.02 Goldberg
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
- 808.02 King and 92 King, Stephen
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
- 808.02 Lamott
- 808.02 Sims