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Attention Teen Writers: Peculiar Writing Contest

Attention all writers! Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, has opened a writing contest where the winner will receive a writing workshop led by the author himself for their library or classroom. If you are interested, learn more at http://www.peculiarwriting.com/.

 

Also, don’t miss out on the latest installment of the Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children series, A Map of Days.

 

National Novel Writing Month

In case you didn’t know, today is the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It is during this time when people challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel.

Some of your favorite YA authors have participated in NaNoWriMo and have written the first draft of what would become some of your favorite books.

 

How do I participate in NanoWriMo?

If you are a writer, or just like a challenge, you should try to write your own NaNoWriMo novel. You can do it by yourself or you can become a part of the NaNoWriMo community. All you have to do is sign-up for free using an email address at nanowrimo.org.

 
Not only can you track your word counts and get support from other NaNoWriMo participants, but you can also find great resources to help you through this challenge.

 

The Library is rooting for you

We are excited to help you with this amazing feat. Every Wednesday of November from 4pm to 5pm we will be opening the computer lab for anyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo.

 
Also, don’t forget that the library is full of awesome resources  to help get you started or get you through the rough patches.

Good luck!

Save the Date: YA Author Fest Sept. 10th

We are excited to announce that will be hosting 8 authors and 1 graphic novel artist on Saturday, September 10th for YA Author Fest!  Find out how the authors got their books published, attend writing workshops, hangout with the authors, ask them your questions, and participate in a fun Trivia Throwdown with the authors!  You choose which workshops and panels to attend.  All authors will be signing their books. You can bring your own favorite copy from home or purchase one of their latest books for 15% off during the YA Author Fest.  Click here to sign up and learn more about the different workshops.

Below are the awesome authors that will be here!  Click on their name to find books available at our library.

Mindy McGinnis
Sarah J. Schmitt
Melissa Landers
Josh David Bellin
Amalie Howard
Stephanie Kate Strohm
Saundra Mitchell
Ed Cho & Lee Cherolis

Stayed tuned to the blog for interviews and more from each author!

HUGE Thank You to Hey Cafe in Greenfield & TLC Takes on 2015 United Way Grant!

The Teen Library Council had a packed schedule today: Dinner then off to a United Way grant writing workshop at the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce!

HUGE thank you to the team at Hey Cafe in downtown Greenfield for a wonderful dining experience and amazing food! The teens and I were certainly impressed. THANK YOU!!!

 

After our fabulous dinner, we walked over to the Central Indiana United Way’s Youth as Resources grant writing workshop where we got some great tips for our 2015 proposal for Teens Read the Way. I can’t wait to get back together with the Council to recap the workshop and get started on our 2015 project.

Thank you too, Teen Library Council AND parents for braving the chilly-blustery weather to meet me out on this fun and productive library outing!

Until next time!

Sarah

Writer’s Cafe @ Greenfield Today

Yes, you too can drink coffee & make stuff up today at HCPL from 4-6pm! Enjoy a relaxing space to take your novel to the next level. Writing prompts will be available if you get stuck.

Start channeling those creative threads, and I’ll see you at 4!

 

Sarah