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.
The Conference Website is under construction and will be up soon! Check back for details.

Writers Conference PreGame
Thursday, September 22, 6:30 - 8p.m.
Central Resource Library, Carmack Community Room

cover of Creative Acts for Curious People

Excited for the November Writers Conference? Us too!

We’re so excited, in fact, that we can’t wait until November to start! If you also want to get a head start, join us for our first-ever Writers Conference Pregame. You can meet fellow writers and conference planners, review session descriptions, register, and pick up a free copy of our conference book, Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways by Sarah Stein Greenberg (as supplies last). Some of our faculty will join us (either in-person or virtually), and maybe we’ll enjoy some quick writing games.  

It’ll be fun . . . we promise!

Next up on the JocoWrites Blog:

The Skinny poem was created by Truth Thomas and we want to experience what you can create with this poetry form! A Skinny is a short poem consisting of 11 lines. The first and eleventh lines must use the same words, but not necessarily in the same order. The second, sixth and tenth lines must be identical. Visit for some excellent examples of Skinny poetry. You can submit 1-3 original poems of your creation.

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Writing Contests:

Every month we host a new contest with prizes including a$200 honorarium and an invitation to read at a Library event.

The end of August brings our contest theme,Oceans of Possibility, to a close. We asked you to tell us all the ways water inspires or limits you, how it shapes your work or family life.

In September, we’re featuring the work of Patricia Streeper at the Central Resource Library, and asking you to respond ekphrastically. Never tried your hand at ekphrastic writing? Not to worry . . . help is on the way.

Anne-Marie Oomen will offer a virtual craft talk on Wednesday, September 28, followed by a virtual workshop on Saturday morning, October 1. Check the Calendar of Events for details.

See additional previous winners »

Read more about the guidelines and enter your original works »

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.