All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.
Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city.
Calling all writers!
The 2015 Seattle Writes season is underway! We are pleased to offer free classes, lectures, write-ins and a new self-publishing platform. We hope that both emerging and experienced writers will find something exciting to explore!
This year's Seattle Writes faculty features top-notch authors with a wealth of teaching experience including Martha Brockenbrough, Jayne Ann Krentz, Nancy Rawles, and Nisi Shawl. Creative writing classes cover topics ranging from a poetry sampler class (brought to us by our friends at Hugo House) to memoir writing, dialect and diversity, and Get Ready for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Publishing workshops include Self-Publishing Basics and a Social Media Master Class.
SELF-e: E-book publishing at the Library The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Library Journal to offer the SELF-e public library e-book discovery service. SELF-e allows Seattle's self-published authors to submit their e-book for circulation at SPL, libraries throughout Washington, and possibly libraries nationwide. This is a great way to reach a wider reading audience and build buzz on your book.
Free online writing class Creative Writing 101 and classes on writing short stories, memoir and historical fiction are among the self-paced course offerings through our Universal Class service. Create a free account and then browse under "Writing."
Ebook Publishing Fundamentals Free course video (2 hours, 44 minutes) on creating ebooks, uploading them to major retailers, and marketing them on social media and other websites. Free access to Lynda.com with your Library card (then search for "self publishing").
Start Your Novel These books are recommended by novelists Waverly Fitzgerald and Karen Finneyfrock, who each taught a two-hour "Start Your Novel" workshop as part of our 2014 Seattle Writes programming.