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Library Offers Programs for Writers

All Keene area veteran and aspiring writers are invited to attend these upcoming programs at the Keene Public Library. are invited to a series of writing workshops for advice and assistance on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. starting September 10, 2018, and continuing through November 5, 2018. There will be no meeting on Monday, October 8th.

The library’s Monday Night Writers Group will meet to offer advice and assistance on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m., starting September 10, 2018, and continuing through November 5, 2018. There will be no meeting on Monday, October 8th. Randy Koons, the volunteer leading the library’s writers group and a professional writer, encourages aspiring authors to “please ask questions, share their work, and provide insight into the experience.” Short and long form fiction and memoir writers are welcome. The Group provides a friendly forum for people who like to write. This is a small group of people who share their work and get feedback to improve their writing. Never written anything before and don’t know how to start? This is for you. Are you working on a project you want to publish? This is a group for you. The act of writing may be a solitary experience, so this group lets you share your work with other people interested in writing. The power of the group is that you can get a fresh set of eyes on your work that may help you get through difficulties in your writing. Each week, two people will read their work, which can be fiction or memoir, and the reading is followed by an open discussion of the work. The group focuses on storytelling rather than grammar, so if you have a story to tell this could be your opportunity to express your creativity.

The Keene Public Library Writers Bookclub is led by author Jamie Sheffield. The Bookclub will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. on September 27th to discuss Anne Lamott's book, “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.” The Writers Bookclub meets once a month to discuss books by writers about writing, the assumption being that talking about the art, craft, and science of writing with other people interested in writing will elevate participants' own writing, through reflection and shared learning. Books are available for checkout at the Keene Public Library.

Writers considering self-publishing ebooks can take advantage of Pressbooks. Pressbooks is an easy-to-use online tool that allows writers to create professional quality versions of your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and more — all through the library. “Whether you have written your first book or are just getting started, you can write, edit and design digital and print copies of your book with ease using Pressbooks. We are very excited to be able to provide Pressbooks through our webpage” explains Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services at the Keene Public Library.

There is no commitment required to attend these free programs, although you should register by calling the library at 603-352-0157 or visiting the library’s webpage at www.keenepubliclibrary.org. The Keene Public Library is located on 60 Winter Street Keene, N.H. for more information, please call (603) 352-0157 or visit the library’s website at www.keenepubliclibrary.org.

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