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Resources for Writers

The Keene Public Library believes that everyone has a book in them and we want to help community aspiring writers as well as established writers throughout the process. You can see what is scheduled and sign up for our events and classes online.

The Keene Public Library hosts a Monday Night Fiction Writers Group that meets for eight weeks three or four times a year. 

Each November during NaNoWriMo, the library provides a writing space and treats for WriMos.

Each year, the Keene Public Library offers at least one workshop series for high school and middle school students.

While the library is closed to the public, we have found these eBooks that can help and inspire writers:


The Complete Guide to Writing & Publishing Your First E-Book: Insider Secrets You Need to Know to Become a Successful Author. Learn the differences between traditional and digital publishing and the details of the best-selling e-readers. You will employ the basics of analyzing your audience, brainstorming, writing, editing, and marketing – according to the type of e-reader. You will learn the process of getting your book published, how to change or alter the format or style of your book to match the necessities of the e-reader, and how to optimize the format of any text for e-reading.


Inspired Creative Writing: 52 Brilliant Ideas From the Master Wordsmiths. Drawing on his years of experience as a writer, editor and publisher, the author shares insider tips on every aspect of writing, from overcoming writer's block, to creating characters so real they leap off the page, via how to chose your writing style, how to develop and maintain the right atmosphere for your writing, and much more besides. Packed with practical and realistic advice, ideas and techniques, this book will prove an invaluable aid to any writing experience. 

Sing Me the Creation: Creative Writing Sourcebook. This is an inspirational workbook of creative writing exercises for poets and teachers, and for all who wish to develop the life of the imagination. There are over 300 exercises for improving writing skills, for self study. 


Telling Stories: The Craft of Narrative and the Writing Life. A prolific and award-winning writer, Lee Martin has put pen to paper to offer his wisdom, honed during thirty years of teaching the oh-so-elusive art of writing. Telling Stories is intended for anyone interested in thinking more about the elements of storytelling in short stories, novels, and memoirs. Martin clearly delineates helpful and practical techniques for demystifying the writing process and provides tools for perfecting the art of the scene, characterization, detail, point of view, language, and revision—in short, the art of writing.

  • Pressbooks

    Pressbooks is simple book production software. Write your own book on Pressbooks, or import an existing manuscript, choose a book design theme, and export into all the file formats you need to publish your books:

    • designed PDF (the “interior book file” for print-on-demand)
    • MOBI format (for Kindle ebooks)
    • EPUB format (for all other ebookstores)
    • more exotic XML formats

     

    Pressbooks

    Getting Started with Pressbooks

    Pressbooks makes it easy to create professionally designed books & ebooks. Discover how our user-friendly epublishing software can help you publish today!

    Getting Started with Pressbooks

    Pressbook Tutorial

  • Indie Author Project

    The Keene Public Library provides our patrons access to Indie Author Project, which allows authors to upload their manuscripts and turn them into sleek, professionally designed ebooks and print books with ease. Using Indie Author Project authors can submit ebooks, to Library Journal for review. All submitted books can be made available can be made to library readers throughout New Hampshire. The very best books will be available to libraries throughout the country in LJ Indie Author Project.

    To watch the Indie Author Project  author video, visit https://vimeo.com/biblioboard/self-eforauthors

    To learn more about Indie Author Project, visit http://self-e.libraryjournal.com/

    To learn more about BiblioBoard®, visit http://biblioboard.com/

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