Writing at JMRL
Writing Groups at JMRL
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- 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
- Write That Book Already: The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now by Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark
- 808.02 Barry
- 808.02 Cameron
- A great way to become inspired to write by the author of The Artist’s Way. Includes advice on writing, and prompts to get you started.
- 808.02 Fry
- Find your own process of writing to find a style that works for you, allowing you more creativity and productivity.
- You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between by Lee Gutkind
- 808.02 Gutkind
- So, You Wanna Be a Writer? by Vicki Hambleton and Cathleen Greenwood
- 808.02 Hambleton
- Although geared toward teen authors, this book covers a lot of topics on writing in a short book, which also includes some great writing prompts.
- Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write by Victoria Hanley
- 808.02 Hanley
- Not just for teens, this book is a great introduction to writing, from how to free your imagination to how to form characters, realistic settings, and understand plotting.
- On Writing: Advice for Those Who Write to Publish (Or Would Like to) by George V. Higgins
- 808.02 Higgins
- 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.
- How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times by Roy Peter Clark
- 808.042 Clark
- If you want your writing to be more concise, or just prefer short forms of writing, this book has great exercises and advice on improving it.
- Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir by Beth Kephart
- 808.066 Kephart
- Exercises to get you thinking about writing your memoir.
- 808.1 Kooser
- Good for beginners, this books offers great advice and inspiration on writing poetry.
- Essentials of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing by Richard Walter
- 808.23 Walter
- UCLA Professor Richard Walter goes over what goes into a good screenplay, including chapters on dialogue, character, plotting, format, and script sales.
- 808.3 Abercrombie
- Both books have plenty of prompts and creative exercises that work for the creative fiction and nonfiction writing alike.
- Beyond the First Draft: The Art of Fiction by John Casey
- 808.3 Casey
- Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George
- 808.3 George
- Famed mystery writer Elizabeth George gives her take on the writing process and writing tips that she offers to students in her creative writing classes.
- 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
- Novelist’s Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes by Raymond Obstfeld
- 808.3 Obstfeld
- Learn how to make scenes memorable by using point of view, character and theme focus, how to structure a scene, and use setting to make your scene feel believable.
- The Writer’s Digest Handbook of Novel Writing by editors of Writer’s Digest
- 808.3 Writer’s
- A great handbook for general novel writing, with chapters by well-known authors.
- The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland
- 821.08 Making
- A great collection of poetic forms with a background to each form, and examples of each, in addition to poetic devices commonly used in poetry,
- 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
Resources that cover self-publishing and traditional publishing.
- The Fine Print of Self-Publishing: A Primer on Contracts, Printing Costs, Royalties, Distribution, E-Books, and Marketing by Mark Levine
- Publishing E-Books for Dummies by Ali Luke
- 070.573 Luke
- Learn how to publish, market, and sell your own e-book.
- The Indie Author Guide: Self-publishing strategies anyone can use by April L. Hamilton
- 070.593 Hamilton
- This guide takes you through each step of self-publishing, from e-books to print on demand.
- The Author Training Manual by Nina Amir
- 808.02 Amir
- A great book that covers how to develop marketable ideas for books as well as how to prepare books that publishers will be interested in and how to self-publish effectively.
- An Insider’s Guide to Publishing by David Comfort
- 808.02 Comfort
- An inside look at the publishing industry that will help aspiring authors navigate the pitfalls that many aspiring authors have navigated. Learn how to work with agents, publishers, and critics, deal with rejection and success, and navigate traditional and self-publishing.
- Writer’s Market Guide to Getting Published by the editors of Writer’s Digest
- 808.02 Writer's
- Information about market trends; guidelines to writing fiction, nonfiction or scripts that sell; marketing and self-promotion strategies; looking at self-publishing options; contract negotiation tips.
Publishing Market Resources
Note: Some items may not circulate. Check description in catalog to see if book is available for in-library use or for check-out. If “R” comes before call number, that indicates it is in the non-circulating reference collection.
- Guide to Literary Agents by the editors of Writer’s Digest
- 070.52 Guide
- Writer’s Market by the editors of Writer’s Digest
- 029.6 Writer’s and R 029.6 Writer’s
- Poet’s Market by the editors of Writer’s Digest
- 070.5 Poet’s
- Songwriter’s Market ed. of Writer’s Digest
- Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market by the editors of Writer’s Digest
- Novel and Short Story Writer's Market by the editors of Writer’s Digest
- 808 Novel
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 Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself by Susan Bell
- 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