One of the amazing things about spending time in a library is realizing that every book is written by a human being who is essentially just like you and me. Okay, there may be a few literary geniuses in the bunch, and a few prolific writers, but many books are written by people who just have a story they want to tell or an idea they want to share.

Do you have a story in you? It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWritMo), and we have several opportunities for you to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) at the library this month:

NaNoWriMo Write-In   Whether you’re looking for quiet work space to hammer out today’s word count or you’re hoping to meet other writers, we’ve reserved space for those participating in this month’s writing marathon to convene!  Monday, November 4, 5-7pm, Westbank Library and Sunday, November 24, 1-5pm, Laura’s Library

Discovery Writing – Become a Published Poet   Austin Poets International is holding its annual poetry submission contest for children and adults. Winners will have their work published in an anthology of poetry: di-vêrsé-city. K-12 students are invited to Laura’s to write and submit a poem for publication. Wednesday, November 6, 4:30-5:30pm, Laura’s Library

Sisters in Crime Author Visit with Karen MacInerny: So You Want to Write a Series?  Karen MacInerney, award-winning author of the Gray Whale Inn Mysteries series, Dewberry Farm Mysteries, Margie Peterson Mysteries, and Tales of an Urban Werewolf series, shares strategies fro developing an ongoing series. Sisters in Crime is a network of authors, readers, publishers, agenst, booksellers, and librarians who love the mystery genre.  Sunday, November 10, 2-3:30pm, Laura’s Library

Writing Workshop: Intro to the Publishing Business with Special Guest Leila Sales  Our November Writing Workshop welcomes Leila Sales, author of six young adult novels and a former editor for Penguin Random House to share information on the publishing process. The Writing Workshop, led by Maureen Turner-Carey, meets the second Monday of every month. Monday, November 11, 5-7pm, Westbank Library

Creative expression is how we make our thoughts and ideas visible. It requires a willingness on the part of the creator to be vulnerable enough to share, and it requires an audience open and generous enough to receive. We hope you’ll join us to do some creating and to celebrate the creations of others this month.