May 20, 2017

Our Creative Writing Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. We are working through the exercises in Brian Kiteley's The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction. The assignment for June 1st is "Life or Death - 157".

May 15, 2017

At Johnson County Library we love local authors. In support of our home-grown talent, we invite submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays.

Our theme for May - August is Build a Better World

Kent Moore
May 10, 2017

The Read Local committee is very pleased to announce that Kent Moore has won the Open Category of our The Many in One writing contest with his entry "Rooted and Grounded in Love". In it, our protagonist Grace, is caught between the conflicting identities of wife and mother. The complexity of those relationships adds layers to Grace that we, as readers, get to know, but her daughter may never understand.

The 3 a.m. Epiphany
May 6, 2017

Our Creative Writing Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. We are working through the exercises in Brian Kiteley's The 3 A.M.

May 4, 2017

Each month The Writers Place brings locally and nationally known writers to present their poetry and prose in the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series. In May we welcome Marc Hudson and Melissa Fite Johnson.

Tuesday, May 16th
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Central Resource Library - Carmack Community Room


Book cover
May 3, 2017

"For true contentment, one must carry a book at all times."

 ~Michael Chabon, Manhood for Amateurs

It makes sense that a collection of autobiographical essays by a Pulitzer prize-winning author would include a few thoughts on writing. The act of writing is far from the theme of Michael Chabon's book on family and gender roles, but comments on it are present. Aside from the quote above, two passages in particular speak to the process of artistic creation.

Apr 29, 2017

This weeks starter comes directly from one of my favorite podcasts, Writing Excuses. Each week several writers talk about one aspect of craft. From point of view, to pacing, to developing style these writers spend fifteen minutes, sometimes with a guest, offering instruction and sharing their approaches. And the best part is they end each episode with an assignment based on the lesson.

Book cover
Apr 26, 2017

Here at Read Local we're always on the lookout for insightful words about writing. Sarah Manguso's latest book, 300 Arguments, contains quite a few. At its most basic level, the book is a collection of aphorisms. And, since Manguso is a professional writer and writing teacher, some cover that topic. Here are a few to mull over:

Local Writers
Apr 22, 2017

Write a list of your top five most desirable artifacts from anywhere in the world. Then describe what it is about each of them that so draws you in.

Hint: This isn't about wanting and possessing, it's about understanding your passions and using that understanding to direct yourself toward those things that represent significance.

Christine Taylor-Butler article header; a monochromatic, faded image of a collage of her books with the title written over it.
Apr 19, 2017

"Either your writing is a hobby, or it's a business. It can't be both," writes local author Christine Taylor-Butler in a recent blog post for KCSourceLink.