Read Local by Tag: short story

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.

Local Writers
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.

Local Writers
Nov 19, 2016

Writers hear it all the time. Edit, edit, edit. Hemingway even said everyone needs an editor. You can check out books on how to self-edit, take classes, or even hire an editor. But the best way to improve your writing and editing skills is practice. Prime Number Magazine's 53-Word Story Contest is a perfect way to do that.

An author photo of Heather McKenzie
Nov 6, 2015

We're so excited to share the Open Category winner of our #IHeartU contest: Heather McKenziefor her work When Pluto was a Planet. We fell in love with its inventive and adept use of language as well as its creative imagery. Tell us what you love about When Pluto was a Planet in the comments!

Celeste Seay
Sep 18, 2015

The Local Writers committee is pleased to announce Celeste Seay has won Johnson County Library’s #IHeartU short story contest with her entry A Good Fit. Seay’s story was chosen for its response to the theme of love and the quality of description. Of her writing she says:

Jul 20, 2015

Here at the Library we love local authors and want to help you share your work with your community. Our 2016 spring theme, #IHeartU, is all about love. We invite you to submit your short stories, essays and poems about this most universal emotion. Winning entries will earn a spot on our Read Local blog and those writers will share at our 2016 April Second Saturday event.

Jul 8, 2015

I don’t know who said “a writer writes” first (most believe it was Billy Crystal in Throw Momma From the Train), but I know who has said it the most - Celeste Seay.

Jun 9, 2015

It’s no secret that the landscape of publishing is rapidly evolving. With thousands of new books joining the marketplace every day, millions of bloggers vying for readers, and the ease of sharing words, how do writers connect with readers? In an environment where readers are either pigeonholed into selecting from an infinitesimal best-seller list, or bombarded with choice, how can one writer rise to the surface and capture the readers who will come back looking for more of the same?

Jun 2, 2015

In one of my favorite books about writing, The Memoir Project, Marion Roach Smith says “[writing] is serious work. And it cannot be reduced to generic writing exercises and prefabricated prompts.” While reading, I was immediately offended, for I lead a prompt-based creative writing group. And my writers, as I like to call the members, produce wonderful work.