For Our Writers

For Our Writers

Central Rappahannock Regional Library has many resources for our local writers, from research materials to how-to guides to get-togethers with other writers in our area. This fall, we have several writing events scheduled.

Writer's Conference | NaNoWriMo | More

Writers Conference: Porter Branch, Saturday, November 11, 9:15–5:00

A day celebrating writers with informational, hands-on workshops, a panel discussion, and a reception for all local authors or authors-to-be. Attend one or all sessions.

9:45–12:00 WorkshopsWriters Conference
Register on site 9:15–11:00. Workshops are held simultaneously.

  • 9:45–10:45 Steve Watkins: “When Fiction Goes to War”
  • 9:45–10:45 Traci Hunter Abramson: “Writing Believable Characters”
  • 9:45–10:45 Audrey Lockwood: “Writing a Pitch”
  • 11:00–12:00 Ronnie Sidney: “Using Graphic Novels to Help Youth Overcome Adversity”
  • 11:00–12:00 Chris Jones: “Market Your Book like a Pro!”
  • 11:00–12:00 Review and feedback of your first 500 words

1:30–3:00 Panel Discussion

“Publishing vs. Self-Publishing”
Moderated by Linda White and featuring local authors Jim Hall, E.H. Kindred, Mary Maki, and Steve Watkins

3:00–5:00 Local Author Reception
Books available for sale and book signing.
Published local authors, call to reserve space! Refreshments will be served.

Call Porter Branch to sign up for the conference in advance. Receive weekly email writing tips and information on special writers' events and library resources.

November Is NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo is an annual Internet-based creative writing project challenging participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel.

The library is supporting NaNoWriMo participants! Check out these classes and events:

Rev Up Your Writing
Snow Branch, Saturday, October 28, 12:00–1:00. In preparation for NaNoWriMo, the Riverside Young Writers group shows how exploring your early memories can help your writing. Ages 13–19.

NaNoWriMo Kicks Off
Fredericksburg Branch, Friday, November 3, 6:00-8:00
Are you ready to write your 50,000-word opus in one month? Sure, you are! And, we can help you get started. Come meet some of your fellow writers at a party to kick off National Novel Writing Month. Join us for ideas, activities, and resources to help you succeed at writing your novel.NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo: Come Write In
Come write your novel during National Novel Writing Month. We’ll have some hints, tips, and tricks for beating writer’s block.

Porter Branch, Tuesdays and Thursdays in November, except November 23, 10:00–1:00
Salem Church Branch, Tuesdays and Thursdays in November, except November 23, 10:00–1:00
Fredericksburg Branch, Fridays, November 3, 10, 17, 2:00–4:00
Snow Branch, Mondays in November, 6:00–8:00
England Run Branch, Mondays and Wednesdays in November, 12:00–2:00.

NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up Party
Salem Church Branch, Saturday, December 2, 2:00-4:00
Whew, you made it! Whether you completed your novel or are well on your way, you deserve to celebrate. Share some of your best pieces or just listen to other writers’ work. Join us for a wrap-up to a great month of writing!

If 50,000 words seems too much for you, why not try telling a story in just six words? Six-word novels are a great way to participate in our writing activities. 

So, join in the fun, write that book you’ve always wanted to write, and discover our rich writing community.

Learning More About Your Craft

The books on these lists can help get you started on your novel’s journey: