HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR BEST FREE RESOURCE: YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY
You know that your public library is a great place to find free books, but did you know that your public library is also a great place to turn for help on your journey to become a better writer? Kylee Stoor and Laura Damon-Moore, Community Engagement Librarians at the Madison Public Library, will show you some of the resources that public libraries can provide for writers, give some examples of how the Madison Public Library engages with the local writing community, and provide tips for getting your books in library collections.
Public libraries provide great free resources for writers, including:
Free writing workshops (and even sometimes critique/assistance)
Books and e-books about writing
Free meeting space for writing groups
Library writing workshops are a great opportunity for writers to learn from other local experts and possibly even get experience teaching.
Libraries are a great place to find or propose a program, such as a reading series or critique group.
Writers with a published book (traditional or self-published) that they’d like to get added to the library’s collection can follow a procedure to have their book considered.
Madison Public Library offers many opportunities for writers to engage with each other and with readers, through program such as Library Takeover, the Bubbler’s Creative Writing series, and the Pinney Mini Book Festival.