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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (9/22/17 session)

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 11:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | Free of charge; no registration required

Get the creative juices flowing in these fun and instructive sessions. Participants will receive a prompt and will have twenty minutes to write freely, after which they are encouraged to share their writing with the group.

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The Writing Life

Workshop: The Art of Reading: How to Read Like a Writer, with Daphne Merkin (October 3 session)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 6:00 PM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for the series | Advance registration required

A workshop in the art of reading between the lines—for nuances and implications, as well as subtext—in which attention will be paid to the author’s prose style and point-of-view as well as to the larger cultural context.

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Daytime Talk Series: Learning from Criticism, Rejection, and Failure with Jonathan F. Putnam

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | Free of charge; advance registration required
If there’s one guarantee about becoming a writer, it’s that the journey will involve great doses of failure. How can you use criticism, rejection, and failure as sustenance for your journey rather than roadblocks? And how can you read Gooderads reviews of your precious debut novel without pulling your hair out? We’ll explore together with Jonathan F. Putnam, author of the Lincoln & Speed historical mystery series. Read More >

The Writing Life

Workshop: The Art of Reading: How to Read Like a Writer, with Daphne Merkin (October 10 session)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:00 PM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for the series | Advance registration required

A workshop in the art of reading between the lines—for nuances and implications, as well as subtext—in which attention will be paid to the author’s prose style and point-of-view as well as to the larger cultural context.

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The Writing Life

Workshop: The Art of Reading: How to Read Like a Writer, with Daphne Merkin (October 17 session)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 6:00 PM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for the series | Advance registration required

A workshop in the art of reading between the lines—for nuances and implications, as well as subtext—in which attention will be paid to the author’s prose style and point-of-view as well as to the larger cultural context.

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The Writing Life

Workshop: The Art of Reading: How to Read Like a Writer, with Daphne Merkin (October 24 session)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00 PM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for the series | Advance registration required

A workshop in the art of reading between the lines—for nuances and implications, as well as subtext—in which attention will be paid to the author’s prose style and point-of-view as well as to the larger cultural context.

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The Writing Life

Live from the Library, Fall 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required

Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays. Refreshments and wine will be served.

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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (10/27/17 session)

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 11:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | Free of charge; no registration required

Get the creative juices flowing in these fun and instructive sessions. Participants will receive a prompt and will have twenty minutes to write freely, after which they are encouraged to share their writing with the group.

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The Writing Life

Daytime Talk Series: New Sectors in Diverse Books with Ann E. Burg and Christine Kendall

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | Free of charge; advance registration required
We’ve all been told to write what you know. Children’s Lit authors Ann E. Burg (Unbound: A Novel in Verse) and Christine Kendall (Riding Chance) will discuss how inspiration, perspiration, and no small amount of magic have led them to places and experiences they never would have imagined. They’ll share their thoughts on historical fiction, novels in verse, and, most importantly, writing across and deeper than our differences. Read More >

The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (11/17/17 session)

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | Free of charge; no registration required

Get the creative juices flowing in these fun and instructive sessions. Participants will receive a prompt and will have twenty minutes to write freely, after which they are encouraged to share their writing with the group.

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Daytime Talk Series: Prose and Cons

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | Free of charge; advance registration required
The right words in the right order in the right place can build a world, but laying the bricks right is never easy. In this talk, a seasoned editor will discuss how to tell when the words are right and when their wrong, how to put them in order, and how to create the spaces for new dimensions by assembling words into sentences, paragraphs, and stories. Read More >

The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (12/15/17 session)

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | Free of charge; no registration required

Get the creative juices flowing in these fun and instructive sessions. Participants will receive a prompt and will have twenty minutes to write freely, after which they are encouraged to share their writing with the group.

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Exhibitions

The Library showcases our historic collections and the literary culture of the city with themed public exhibitions on the second floor. Exhibitions are offered for six to twelve months, and both members and nonmembers are welcome to drop by any time the Library is open.

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