Writing your next great novel: Resources for writers from the library


As National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November swiftly approaches, you may be busy planning for your next great novel, short story, book of poetry, or nonfiction memoir. As a fiction writer myself, I know how time intensive it is to plan, draft, outline, and prep for your next shelf-worthy work of art. Thankfully, WCDPL has plenty of resources to help you write and get inspired to continue writing this fall.

You can access LinkedIn Learning for free with your WCDPL library card. With plenty of free courses to choose from, you can build your creative writing skills exactly where they need strengthening. Courses include topics like the foundations of fiction, writing your novel, how to write a memoir, daily routines to improve your writing, and more.

We have books on writing for every age at the library, and resources online with hoopla. On hoopla, there are plenty of guides, tutorials, and teaching materials for every genre of writing for all ages. To get started, visit wcdpl.org/hoopla.

If you’re looking for some inspiration (or need a break from the pages and pages of text that just aren’t coming to you), then look no further than our shelves or eMedia collections. With your library card, you have access not only to our expansive print collection, but to thousands of stories on WCDPL OverDrive. Let yourself get lost in the stacks at the library, browse audiobooks for a new workout or commute companion, or check out eBooks on WCDPL OverDrive to spark some new creativity in your life.

If you’re to the point of publishing, WCDPL hosts a number of authors throughout the year that are perfect for answering your publishing questions. These authors can walk you through their journey of getting published and give you the answers you need to get started. Our next local author visit is author Kay Flowerz on Saturday, September 16 at 2:00 pm in Meeting Room A&B. We’re also excited to host bestselling author and Sesame Street’s “Maria,” Sonia Manzano, on Thursday, October 12 at the BGCS Performing Arts Center. While local authors provide more one-on-one answers, our national authors are amazing resources to hear about their journey.

Searching for a resource you can’t seem to find? Ask a WCDPL librarian. It’s simple and easy to contact us with questions: call (419) 352-5104, email [email protected], or send us a chat on our website at wcdpl.org.

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