Each fall, the Dayton Metro Library hosts a series of programs designed to offer inspiration and motivation to Miami Valley writers. The free programs are led by published authors who share their experiences and advice for other writers – from beginners to those currently working on projects of their own.
The Fall Writing Series takes place Monday evenings at the Main Library, 215 E. Third Street. Participants may attend any or all sessions in the series:
PLOTTING YOUR PATH TO A SATISFYING LITERARY PROJECT
Monday, 10/30 | 6:30-8 PM | Community Room 2A
How do you harness your imagination and excitement to make progress on your writing? Breaking your project down into manageable parts will get you to your literary goals. Presenter Arnecia Patterson is a lecturer on the English faculty at the University of Dayton. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she writes about dance for the Dayton City Paper and web-published articles, “Found in the Translation,” written for Pew Charitable Trusts Center for the Arts and Humanities.
THE HERO’S JOURNEY
Monday, 11/6 | 6:30-8 PM | Community Room 2A
The Hero’s Journey is the foundation of myths and stories across cultures, centuries and genres. Not only is the structure of The Hero’s Journey useful to novelists of many different genres, but also writers of nonfiction, memoir and screenwriting. Learn how to adapt this archetype in your own writing to create powerful narratives and characters that resonate with your readers. Presenter Carrie Bebris is author of the well-loved Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery series.
WRITING OTHER WORLDS
Monday, 11/20 | 6:30- 8 PM | Community Room 2A
Learn the secrets of writing and publishing fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Author Tim Waggoner will talk about coming up with original ideas, world-building, plotting, characterization, publishing, and marketing.
THE WRITING LIFE Ryan Ireland
Monday, 11/27 | 6:30- 8 PM | Community Room 2A
Writing a book can consume your life if you're not careful. Local author Ryan Ireland, PhD, shares tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle while working on a writing project.
NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH
Every year, participants in NaNoWriMo attempt to complete a first draft of a novel of at least 50,000 words between November 1 and December 1. Participants taking the challenge this year are invited to the Library to work in the company of others who have accepted the challenge.
NaNoWriMo Dates and Times:
Saturday, 11/4, 1 - 4 PM | New Lebanon Branch Library
Monday, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 6 - 8 PM | Brookville Branch Library
Tuesday, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 5 - 8 PM | Main Library, Great Reading Room
Saturday, 11/11, 10 AM - 5 PM | Kettering-Moraine Branch Library
Monday, 11/13, 12 - 5 PM | Trotwood Branch Library
Monday, 11/13; Tuesday, 11/21; Monday, 11/27, 5-8 PM | Huber Heights Branch Library
All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org/Events or call 937.463.2665.