Calling all aspiring writers and writers! The seventh annual Johnson County Library Writers’ Conference takes place Thursday November 4 through Sunday November 7. It’s a great opportunity for new and seasoned writers to learn, be inspired, and connect.

Writers’ conference

The conference begins with a discussion of hope and inspiration with conference faculty members Alyssa Cole and Michelle Tea. Fridays and Saturdays include talks and workshops on building a DIY writing career, writing about the things that make us feel good, and mastering the genre. There will also be opportunities to connect, like morning coffees and lunch hours with creativity coach Phillip Denver and after-hours book chats with Jessica Conoley. You will meet old friends while making new ones and leave with new energy and inspiration for your next literary project.

This year the conference is fully online. The lectures are open to everyone and will be available for viewing on demand the next day. The workshops have a limited capacity and operate on a first come, first served basis. All sessions open 15 minutes before their start time – arrive early to better guarantee your chances of attending.

Writers conference children’s day

This year’s Writers’ Conference Children’s Day is bigger than ever! The day begins with a presentation by Aisha Saeed, author of “Amal Unbound” and co-founder of the “We Need Diverse Books” initiative. Ms. Saeed will share the power of telling our own stories – especially creators whose voices have traditionally been under-represented and under-supported – and the importance of persevering even when the odds seem against us. Then there will be three tracks of fun and inspiring programs for young writers. Whether they’re a future novelist or a great storyteller, Kids Day is perfect for all interested students, with an emphasis on grades 4-8.

Writing opportunities

After attending the Writers’ Conference, use what you’ve learned to showcase your writing skills by participating in writing prompts and contests. There is a monthly or bi-monthly invite on the JocoWrites blog where you can show off your talent by submitting your response. In addition to the invite, each month there is a writing contest with prizes and an invitation to read at a library event. The current theme of the writing competition is “The Fools Journey”. A winner will be selected from submissions of poetry, short fiction and essay. Don’t miss the opportunity to submit your work.

Make this year the year you develop your profession and share your creativity with the world. Start by registering for the Writers’ Conference, then check out all the other great opportunities on the For Writers page of jocolibrary.org.

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