Writing

EVENT CANCELLED: Actor/Writer Jon Glaser Discusses Comedy And His Career

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event featuring Jon Glaser has been cancelled.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope to reschedule the event at a future date TBD.

Fifth Avenue Press Book Release Reception: AADL's Local Publishing Imprint

The Ann Arbor District Library is pleased to announce the release of nine literary works under our new Fifth Avenue Press imprint. Join us to hear readings and meet our debut group of authors, buy their books, get them signed, and enjoy light refreshments!

Our local authors have something to offer for just about every reader. For younger children, we're releasing two picture books and an Ann Arbor-based comic for all ages; for adults, we're publishing a book of poetry, two memoirs, a murder mystery, and a collection of humorous and historical Ann Arbor stories!

Technical Solace: a book of poetry, by Rebecca G. Biber
Ginger Stands Her Ground: a memoir, by Virginia Ford
Tales From the Dork Side: a memoir, by R.J. Fox
Michigan Moon: a picture book, by Meg Gower
Takedown: a murder mystery, by Jeff Kass
Chad Agamemnon: a comic book set in Ann Arbor, by Carolyn Nowak
The Book of Ann Arbor: An Extremely Serious History Book, by Rich Retyi
A Monster on Main Street: a picture book set in Ann Arbor, by Emily Siwek
Light From the Cage: 25 Years in a Prison Classroom, by Judy Patterson Wenzel

Plus, author Debbie Taylor will offer a sneak peek into her forthcoming 2018 Fifth Avenue Press picture book: Over in Motown!

For more information about Fifth Avenue Press or to submit your work visit fifthavenue.press.

NaNoWriMo Kick Off Party!

If you've ever thought about writing a novel, join us at the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Kick Off Party! Hosted by Ann Arbor municipal liaison Hilary Braley, you'll find fellow first-time and experienced writers to get inspired! This event includes light refreshments.

National Novel Writing Month is a non-profit event that encourages teens and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel during the month of November. Participants begin writing on November 1 with the goal of writing a 50,000-word (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59 pm, November 30.

Official NaNoWriMo writing sessions will be held at AADL during November, but get a head start and celebrate with this great kick off party!

NaNoWriMo: Free Write Session

Calling all writers! Get into the groove of writing in a quiet space with lots of outlets to plug in a laptop!

Whether you're working on a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month or something else, all are welcome.

"Write On!" Story Contest Awards Celebration!

If you participated in the "Write On!" Short Story Contest for Grades 3-5 this year, or want to support those who did, join us for the final awards celebration! Winners will be announced and Michigan author Mark Crilley, known for the Miki Falls and Akiko series, will present his advice for young writers. We will also provide light refreshments.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

Entries will be accepted from January 16 - February 3. For more information about the contest and for the complete guidelines please visit the contest website!

Learn Calligraphy: the Irish Insular Alphabet

Discover and work with the Irish Insular alphabet using a broad edge writing tool.

This alphabet is called a majuscule alphabet (letters stay within the upper writing and lower writing lines), but since it was developed from a half-uncial alphabet (roman half-uncial) it does have some of the letters descending below or ascending above the writing lines. Historically, it was used primarily in Ireland, adapted by the followers of St. Patrick.

No previous calligraphy experience is needed.

Learn Calligraphy: Introduction to Versals and the Decorated Letter

Join us for this introduction to the Versal alphabet. These letterforms were used as capitals for many types of old manuscripts and today are used for posters, signs, and artist books.

We will use pencils to draw the letters and begin to fill them in. You will be able to fill the Versals with drawings of your choice using colored pencils. Rocks, plants, flowers, or mythical animals can all be used.

No previous calligraphy experience is necessary.

Teen Writing Festival

Join us for the first annual Teen Writing Festival, featuring a workshop coordinated with the Neutral Zone, a Q & A panel with YA authors, and an awards ceremony for the "It's All Write!" Teen Writing Contest!

Check out www.aadl.org/events/itsallwrite for more details.

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Emerging Writers Workshop: A Writer’s Best Practices

Writing is a solitary activity, but sooner or later, an author has to talk to other people. Whether meeting readers in a bookstore or a conference, or hanging out with fans (or potential fans) on social media, its important for writers to make a good impression. In this workshop, Alex Kourvo and Bethany Neal will share some memorable interactions with other authors, admit their own mistakes, and show you the best practices for navigating the world of writers and readers.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere. Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

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