For Writers

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.

We hope to see you at an upcoming event, and we welcome your feedback so we can continue to offer programs and resources that make a difference to you.

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

Our Writers Conference is coming up Nov. 2-4. Read all about the presenters as we post our interviews with them in the weeks leading up to November -- and RSVP for the Conference!

What's New

Scheduled: Mon, 10/2/23 - 11:35 am

Meet the 2023 Writers Conference Presenter: Rye Lanae Boothe

The click of the keys

On the cherished typewriter

Brings all of us joy

This attempt at a haiku is inspired by an exciting announcement: Rye Lanae Boothe will bring her Magic Typewriter Surprise to the Writers Conference this year! You can go home with your own personalized short poem, printed from her very own special typewriter. Rye wants her poems to leave you “feeling connected, uplifted, held in a caring gaze and walk away with a one-of-a-kind piece of art in the process.” How cool is that?

Read on for more about Rye Lanae Boothe and our Writers Conference!


Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar

Saturday, Sept. 30, 9-11 a.m.

Nothing But the Page: a Workshop Led by Diana Goetsch - requires registration

Online event (Zoom)


Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Future of Language with Alexej Savreux and Dr. Mary Kohn 
Blue Valley Library


Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Generative AI and the Future of Literature with Alexej Savreux

Blue Valley Library


Saturday, Oct. 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Redefining Literary Criticism Workshop with Alexej Savreux - requires registration
Blue Valley Library

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 do you love about your life right now? Where do you find joy and happiness?"

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.)

Submit your poetry or prose for our current prompt through December 31: Mind Changes
Big or small, tell us something you've changed your mind about and why it matters.

Read more about the guidelines and enter your original works »

Read previous adult Writing Contest winners »