All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15.
Possible service interruption in online Library services Feb. 13 - 14
The Library will be performing maintenance on our network. While we are not expecting service interruptions during this period, there might be brief interruptions in online services. You will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but may not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) may experience outages as well. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also may be affected.
Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city.
Calling all writers!
You can look forward to more than 25 free writing classes and programs this spring! Spring 2016 writing faculty includes Kathleen Alcala (essays), Nancy Kress (science fiction), Rose Lerner (historical romance), Claudia Castro Luna (poetry), Donna Miscolta (fiction), Nancy Rawles (fiction/dialogue), Ingrid Thoft (mystery), as well as a series of writing workshops presented in partnership with Hugo House. We’ll also offer publishing and marketing classes with Martha Brockenbrough (query letters/synopsis), Beth Jusino (marketing), Jennifer Worick and Kerry Colburn (nonfiction book proposals) and Sasquatch Publishing (behind the scenes look at the publishing process).
Classes run April through June at 15 branch locations. Full details will be available by March 1. All classes and programs will be free, and there is no registration required. First come, first seated for all Seattle Writes classes.
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.