For Writers

Writing Contests

Enter to win $200 and share your work at a Library event!

Share Your Work

Follow our monthly prompts to share your work with our local writing community.

Upcoming Events

Meet authors, get writing advice, and connect with fellow writers.

Lists from the Local Writers Committee

See resources for publishing, boosting creativity, writing prompts, and more!

Johnson County Library loves local writers!

We are committed to supporting writers at each stage of their career, and as such offer a variety of programs, resources, and opportunities to help each writer develop their craft and grow their portfolio.

Follow #jocowrites on Instagram and make sure to tag us or use #jocowrites if you're at a JoCoLibrary event for writers!

What's New

Scheduled: Mon, 06/3/24 - 10:57 am

Save the Date for the 2024 Writers Conference

Buckle your seatbelts, writers! We’re trying something totally new this year! 2024's Writers Conference will be one day, Friday, November 15th, focused on deep learning. If you’ve been to our conference before you know it’s a come, learn, and leave situation. Not to worry . . . you can still do that. We’ll have plenty of craft lectures and book discussions for you. 

Writers Conference

Writers Conference
We had a blast at this year's conference and the Redux was a big hit! If you missed us, you can watch recordings of some sessions on Library OnDemand. See you next November!

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar

Writing Smart and Precocious Characters with Amanda Sellet
Saturday, June 15, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
at Central Resource Library

Adventure Begins At Your Library: Author Panel
Thursday, June 20, 6-8 p.m.
at Central Resource Library

Open Mic
Friday, June 28, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
at Bear Necessities

Share Your Writing

The JoCoWrites blog is a place to share your thoughts and your writing. We provide monthly writing prompts, you provide the words! From the blog you can share your writing on social media and with friends and family.

Our current writing prompt:

"What you don't eat gets rubbed in your hair” has been a part of my family's lexicon for as long as I can remember. Where did this saying come from? Why do we still say it? What are things your family says and what do those things tell us about you?

Submit your piece and read what others are saying »

Writing Contests


Our Writing Contests award each winner with a $200 honorarium and the chance to read their work at an upcoming event. (Psst, we also have contests for kids.)

The theme for this Summer's adult writing contests is The Reluctant 'I'. Read more about the guidelines and enter your original works »

Read previous adult Writing Contest winners »

We also currently have an open call for submissions for our annual publication, Volume. The authors and artists of chosen works will receive a $200 honorarium. Submission deadline is July 31, 2024. Read more and submit your work »