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: Tue, 09/19/23 - 2:52 pm

Meet the 2023 Writers Conference Presenter: Darlene Jerome

When Darlene Jerome offered to present a lecture at this year’s Writers Conference on how to write your own obituary, we were immediately intrigued! Writing your own obituary is a great writing exercise. At first you may feel uncomfortable writing about yourself, but a few moments of reflection reveal your personal history is rich with stories and inspiration for characterization. 

Read on for more about Darlene Jerome and the Writers Conference!


Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 20 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The Writers Place Yearbook Readings 
Monticello Library

Friday, Sept. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (and every fourth Friday!)

Open Mic at Bear Necessities
Bear Necessities - 9609 W 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212


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


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 »