03 9, 2021

Power to the Pens during our Journaling Night for Teens & Tweens

By |2021-03-09T09:00:31-05:00March 9, 2021|

paper-3033204_640We’re hosting a special Journal Night for teens and tweens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23.

Young writers can unwind and find an outlet for their creativity during our program. We’ll provide writing prompts and a supportive atmosphere where thoughts and ink may flow freely.

Journal Night is open to all teens and tweens (ages 11 to 18.) The program will be hosted via Zoom, and you have to register to get the link. You can sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247. Once registered, teens and tweens can pick up a special writing kit from the our Main Branch. It includes a notebook, pen and stickers to help you get started.

The library also offers a lot more resources for writers:

  1. Lynda.com offers video tutorials from pros on all different kinds of writing: fiction, screenwriting, even business writing. And the tutorials are free to watch with your library card.
  2. Learn from the experts of The Great Courses! Some of the best college professors in the world offer tips on writing great essays and fiction! Great Courses can get expensive to buy, but many are free to stream with your library card and our digital services.
  3. You probably already know this, but we also have hundreds of books and videos on writing that you can borrow from our collection.
  4. Finally, you may enjoy suggestions from professional authors. We’ve interviewed dozens of writers who’ve visited our library. See what advice they share on our YouTube channel.
11 21, 2017

5 writing tips from Paula McLain

By |2017-11-21T06:00:42-05:00November 21, 2017|

Bestselling author and spectacular human Paula McLain visited us for National Novel Writing Month.

She discussed finding inspiration for her bestsellers, The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun, in Hadley Richardson and Beryl Markham, respectively. She also mentioned how a dream about Martha Gellhorn—a war correspondent and Ernest Hemingway’s third wife—inspired her newest novel, Love and Ruin.

She also offered some writing advice for aspiring authors, gleaned from her own life.

  1. You have to be open to inspiration. (“There’s an undeniable, not-subtle-at-all experience that happens to me when I find that inspiration. Now I know to pay attention to that feeling; and if I don’t have it, I’m not going to discover it along the way.”)
  2. If something you’re writing is not working, you can’t force it to work. Before writing Circling the Sun, McLain tried to write novels about Georgia O’Keeffe and Marie Curie. No matter how hard she tried, neither worked out—not because there’s anything wrong with the subject matter, but it didn’t resonate with her like Richardson, Markham, or Gellhorn.
  3. Read what you want to write. (“Read in the genre you want to write in. Read in the genre that’s important to you. Read as if your life depended on it.”)
  4. Keep books that inspire you close at hand. While writing The Paris Wife, those books were Colm Tóibín’s The Master and Michael Cunningham’s The Hours for McLain.
  5. Write your face off.

11 20, 2017

D.M. Pulley returns to talk writing, torso slayings

By |2017-11-20T12:23:01-05:00November 20, 2017|

Award-winning writer D.M. Pulley is returning to Mentor Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 30, to help us conclude National Novel Writing Month.

First, Pulley will lead a session where writers can share and discuss their stories that they’ve written this month at 6:30 p.m. at our Main Branch. They can also decompress and share war stories from a month’s worth of writing.

Then, directly following, Pulley will read from and discuss her newest novel, “The Unclaimed Victim,” which was inspired by the Cleveland Torso Slayings.

Afterward, Pulley will sign copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

Both the writing session and Pulley’s reading are free and open to the public. However, registration is required. You can sign up for either or both programs on our event calendar or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

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