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TAG: writing

Q&A with romance novelists: Asa Maria Bradley, Katee Robert, and Rebecca Zanetti

Posted in Explore and Discover on January 24, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge My inner fangirl starts jumping up and down every time I find out that an author is coming to the library to give a reading or discuss writing. So you can imagine the backflips (my inner fangirl is much more flexible than I am) when I heard that three amazing authors are […]

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3 tips for selling your first article

Posted in Explore and Discover on December 6, 2016 at 6:00 am

by Kelly Burgess As a long-time writer and editor, the most frequent question I get from people is, “How can I sell what I’m writing?” Becoming a writer is one thing (hint: it takes passion, discipline and dedication). Selling your work is quite another. I’m not going to lie: in some ways, it’s harder than […]

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How to Thrive and Survive the Writing Life

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 27, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Claire Rudolf Murphy On October 30, longtime writing friend Sarah Conover and I will present a session on the writing life for the NaNoWriMo Readiness Conference. After two days of sessions about elements of craft at Moran Prairie Library, ours will be the final event of the weekend. I teach in a graduate writing […]

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8 things that (mostly) work for me as a writer

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 24, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Kris Dinnison So first I should say, this isn’t meant as advice so much as confession. These are things I do—some commonplace, some mildly embarrassing—that seem to make writing happen in my life. So take what you will from it and know that every writer I know has a list of their own that […]

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4 keys to becoming a successful writer

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 20, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Kelly Burgess As with any profession, there is no guarantee of success in the writing business. However, regardless of whether you want to break into fiction or nonfiction markets, successful writers have some traits that are crucial to carving out a literary career. Passion Writers write because they feel the need to put words […]

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4 NaNoWriMo tips for not winning brilliantly

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 13, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Stephanie Oakes I have a confession to make—I’ve never successfully completed NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I’ve tried a few times, and always start with huge amounts of enthusiasm, but I’ve never written more than 30,000 words in any given November. But the secret of NaNoWriMo is this—you don’t need to “win” NaNoWriM […]

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Bruce Holbert: Late to the party

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 6, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Bruce Holbert Not long ago, I was asked in an interview, “What took so long?” I was then 52 and publishing my first novel. I don’t have the data at hand, but my guess is I am beyond the mean. The question struck me as impolite. I wasn’t sleeping in doorways or staggering through […]

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From reader to writer

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 4, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Kelly Burgess If you love reading, you’ve probably wondered if you could try your hand at writing. That’s not an unusual impulse. Many writers got the incentive to start writing either by reading a book that was so amazing they wanted to create that magic too, or by reading a book that was so […]

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Words Fall Programs & NaNoWriMo Readiness Conference

Posted in News on September 6, 2016 at 6:00 am

Spokane County Library District presents a fall series of programs and a weekend-long conference focused on self-expression, storytelling, and all things literary. Within the theme of Words, our fall workshops, discussions, and conference provide practical ideas as well as inspiration for expressing yourself through the written word. For inspiring […]

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Northern Slam: the art of spoken word

Posted in Explore and Discover, Teens on April 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Sometimes, the stars align in such a way that the library can make something amazing happen in the community. During the fall of 2015, members of the Friends of the Deer Park Library heard about Poetry Slams in the Spokane area. Riverside High School held a poetry slam at which Deer Park Librarian […]

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