CALLING ALL WRITERS!

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The Northbrook Library is offering free writing workshops led by a variety of talented instructors. Enhance your writing skills by learning from these acclaimed authors and professors. 

Seating is limited, reserve your spot by registering for each individual event. Registration begins 60 days prior to the date of each program.  Be sure to bring paper, a writing utensil, or laptop.  Many workshops involve writing excercises and note taking.  
 
 

NORTHBROOK WRITES WORKSHOPS WILL RETURN IN SPRING 2019!

Additional programs will be added as they are confirmed.  Registration begins 60 days prior to the date of each program.
 
Writers often talk about rewriting their work 4, 7 or 11 times. But what does "rewriting" actually entail? In this workshop, acclaimed short story writer Sarah Kokernot will provide revision strategies on how to rewrite your work until it is your best work. You'll dive deep into issues of point of view, exposition, dialogue, and the importance of loose first drafts.
Saturday, March 16, 1:00-2:30pm, Pollak Room
 
Everyone has multiple facets of their personality. Some of the most difficult decisions a character has to face are internal, such as the tug between work and family. Even if external circumstances are the catalyst, the conflict comes when a character feels like they will fail in some way. In this workshop, Hugo award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal will look at how to pry at the parts of your character's self-identity in order to create gut-wrenching conflicts.
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 1:00-2:30pm. Pollak Room
 
What ghosts, literally or metaphorically, haunt the place you come from? What do they look like? What do they wear? Do they smell? The places that we come from all have their ghosts that help to define that place. In this workshop, award-winning poet Jacob Saenz will discuss how to connect poems to the places we come from and their ghosts.
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 1:00-2:30pm. Pollak Room
 

RESOURCES FOR WRITERS

Do you have a manuscript ready to take to the next level?  Join the latest competition from the librarians who brought you the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project.  The group is looking for the best unpublished works of adult fiction and the winner will receive valuable prizes!  The contest is open for submissions beginning November 1, 2018 and closing on January 2, 2019.  They will accept complete manuscripts of adult fiction in book length (50,000 to 100,000 words) from Illinois authors.​Click here for details or contact Mike Hominick for more information.
 
 
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Design your own books, newsletters, poetry, novels, and any other written content in digital and print-ready formats using Pressbooks.  To begin, create a username and password and start designing your content today!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Authors, submit your ebook to SELF-e to have it showcased in the Indie Illinois Statewide Collection while retaining all rights to your work. Readers across the state can discover your work with the potential for national exposure.
 
Submit your book to SELF-e now!
 
 
 
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