For Writers

At Johnson County Library, we love local writers. To support writers at every stage, we have developed a suite of programs, resources, and opportunities to develop their craft and grow their portfolio. If you are a writer (genre doesn’t matter!), we want to meet you, read your work, and celebrate you in the community. This page will help you learn how Johnson County Library can support you as you continue to hone your craft.

The 2022 Writers Conference will be Thursday, Nov. 17 - Sunday, Nov. 20. Check back soon for details.

Next up on the JocoWrites Blog:

This month we are taking a look at how external factors can change internal perceptions. Your challenge is to take an object in your living space, it could be a plant, doll, vase, etc., and cast a spotlight onto it.

Change the orientation of the light so it hits the object differently. How does the light affect they way you perceive this object? Does back lighting give it an otherworldly glow? Does illuminating it from below give off sinister vibes? Does the color of the light add any dramatic affect?

Keep your new perspectives of this object under 500 words. Submit your piece here »

Read other responses here »

Writing Contests:

Every month we host a new contest with prizes including a $200 honorarium and an invitation to read at a Library event. Our contest theme for January - April is The Unknown.

Author Claire McMurray

Claire McMurray is our most recent winner with her essay "Who is She?" It's a gut-puncher of an essay about a mother's quest to know her daughter. 

See additional previous winners »

Read more about the guidelines and enter your original works »

Meet the Authors: B.J. and Henry Hollars
When B.J. Hollars and his six-year-old son Henry began a 2,500-mile road trip retracing the Oregon Trail, their mission was to rediscover America, and Americans, along the way. While their adventure included the usual setbacks, their most compelling drama involved people, privilege, and their attempt to find common ground in an all-too-fractured country. Join the father and son team for a reading and conversation on their reckoning with our nation's founding, and their renewal of faith in America today. 

If you missed their conversation, don't fret. You can listen to B.J. and Henry Hollars sharing their experience at Library OnDemand in Making Every Mile a Memory. You can also watch BJ Hollars' craft talk on travel writing.