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Jul 15, 2016

School Library Journal calls Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within part writing guide, part Zen philosophy, and part personal diary. It is composed of 65 short "chapters" with titles like "Obsessions," "Listening," and "Use Loneliness," each a meditation on how to tap into who you are and how to tell your stories.

Illustration of robot and human sitting on opposite sides under a tree, each writing a poem.
Jul 13, 2016

Computer scientists have recently tried programming Artificial Intelligences to create poetry. Computers are the ultimate masters of pattern. Their function depends upon it. So it makes sense that they would be capable of mastering the patterns of language. But is mastery of pattern enough to create poetry?

Local Writers
Jul 9, 2016

How many words does it take to tell a story? How many to share an important insight? To capture a poignant moment? Poets, picture book authors, and editors (among others) will tell you it's harder to say things with fewer words, but writing is all the better for it. This week's challenge is to practice being brief.

Bookmark listing the 15 titles and authors on the 2016 Kansas Notable Books list
Jul 6, 2016

The Kansas Notable Books List is the annual recognition of 15 outstanding titles either written by Kansans or about a Kansas related topic. The Kansas Notable Book List highlights our lively contemporary writing community and encourages readers to enjoy some of the best writing of the authors among us.

The 2016 list includes two titles by authors from the Johnson County area:

Local Writers
Jul 2, 2016

Lines act as the engine that moves the reader through a poem. How you choose to hinge one line to the next, where you break the line, and the amount of white space you create through line lengths instruct the reader about how fast and bumpy-or smooth and leisurely-the ride of your poem will be. 

Jun 29, 2016

Have you encountered Hometown Reads? An impressive site after our own hearts!

A division of Weaving Influence, a full-service digital marketing agency, Hometown Reads might soon be a wonderful place to market your book. It launched in Toledo, Ohio and is quickly expanding to other Midwest cities. While Kansas City is not yet included, as soon as ten authors sign up they'll add us. And it's free! 

Local Writers
Jun 25, 2016

School Library Journal calls Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within part writing guide, part Zen philosophy, and part personal diary. It is composed of  65 short "chapters" with titles like "Obsessions," "Listening," and "Use Loneliness," each a meditation on how to tap into who you are and how to tell your stories.

Looking up at the underside of decking with the sun shining through the slats
Jun 22, 2016

Today we offer a collection of loosely related thoughts, observations, and insights related to writing.

Local Writers
Jun 18, 2016

In the introduction to The Art of the Sonnet, Stephen Burt says “Sonnets [in the 1800’s] became an appropriate choice when a poet required a fixed form, for any subject, fast.” If you’ve read a sonnet, but have not yet tried your hand, you may be wondering how a sonnet can be written quickly regardless of the subject. And who wants to adhere to an ancient rhyme scheme anyway?

Jun 17, 2016

Each month The Writers Place brings locally and nationally known writers to present their poetry and prose in the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series.

Tuesday, June 21st
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Central Resource Library - Carmack Community Room