Are you the type of person who fantasizes about having the time to write your story, but never seem to find it? This summer, the Carpenter Library kicked off its new program, The Carpenter Writer’s Circle, in response to that persistent voice in every person’s head telling them to find the time to write and stick to it! It does not matter if you are a novice or have written award-winning work; members of the Circle have commented that having a calendar date set aside to write gets them out of the house and focused on their goal. Bridget, the Circle’s facilitator, includes herself in the category of those who need to find time to write. “If I could manage to write one fine poem each season, wouldn’t that be so much better than nothing at all? Nothing at all is terrible!”
Writers have quickly developed a quiet rapport with one another during the writing sessions. “We have a very kind and independent group of regulars with new and friendly faces each meeting,” says Bridget. “I like to start the meeting with casual greetings, and then some news about writing contests and publishing opportunities. A little insight from writers in their own words is fun to share as well. Soon after, everyone rolls up their sleeves and gets to work,” she says. It’s very inspiring to look around the room and see everyone engaged in their manuscript. If you don’t have something you are currently working on, Bridget offers writer’s prompts to inspire something within you! If you need publishing insight, she is there to offer it, having published a coffee table book on the 1970’s New York music scene with HarperCollins in 2012. “I’m working on my follow-up!” she says.
The Carpenter Writer’s Circle is just one of three writing groups offered by the St. Louis Public Library. The Writer’s Workshop Series hosted by Julia Davis staff provide members with an instructional series on the multiple levels of writing. Participants receive tips and tricks on writing in different styles, editing, and publishing. Staff work with people on their own projects and are available to answer questions.
In addition, the Central Writers Group at the Central Library provides an opportunity for authors to share their literary work with others and get usable feedback for how to improve their craft. Think of it as beta testing your novel (or short stories, or memoirs, or poetry, or essays…). They are also a great opportunity for networking and engagement with other literary-minded individuals. "I’ve seen some incredible writing so far among my peers, and it makes me so excited to think who could be walking through the door each meeting, what experience is there to unfurl!” Bridget says.
The Central Writers Group: Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. (Central Library)
The Writer’s Workshop Series: Tuesday, December 17, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Auditorium. (Julia Davis Library)
The Carpenter Writer’s Circle: Tuesday, January 7, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Auditorium.(Carpenter Library)