Posts Tagged ‘writing’

ICPL to host Teen Fanfiction Event

by Lyndey Kelly on January 29th, 2018

OTP, Fluff, Ships, AU, Fanon, Plotbunny: Do these terms mean anything to you? If so, you might already be into fanfiction, or fiction written by a fan of a particular TV series, book, movie, or anime. Fanfiction picks up where the original leaves off by exploring the fictional worlds and beloved characters in greater detail than ever dreamed possible by its creator. Millions of fanfiction short stories, poems, songs, and novels have already been written about popular fandoms such as Harry Potter, the Avengers, Naruto, and Doctor Who. This do-it-yourself genre provides the characters and you provide the creativity!

Interested in giving fanfiction a try? ICPL’s Teen Services is hosting a fanfiction event from 6-8p.m. on Wednesday, January 31st in Meeting Room E. Open to students in grades 7-12, “Fanfiction Addiction” is an opportunity to explore fanfiction and meet fellow fans. We will play improvisational writing games, watch fan-made videos, discuss our favorite fandoms, eat snacks, and share fanfiction.

“Fanfiction Addiction” is a free event. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Get ready … get set … WRITE!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 25th, 2017

In one week, writers of all ages will take on the ultimate challenge: to write a 50,000 word novel in one month.typewriter-801921_640

National Novel Writing Month is an internet-based creative writing project that encourages anyone who has ever thought of writing a book to use the 30 days of November to accomplish that goal. Participation is easy. Just sign up on their website before November 1 and you’ll receive notifications of local writing meet-ups, pep talks from well-known authors, tips for beating writer’s block, etc. throughout the challenge.

The Library is a great NaNoWriMo resource. We have plenty of space for you to write, nonfiction titles about writing, databases and other research materials for the fine details pertinent to your story, and published books that started as NaNoWriMo novels to inspire you. These include:

Each one of these writers started with a dream. NaNoWriMo gave them the incentive they needed to get the first draft of their dream on paper/a computer screen. There’s no reason why the next author on this list can’t be you! As Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

Happy writing!

ICPL, IYWP to offer fantasy writing summer workshops

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 9th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library has teamed up with the Iowa Youth Writing Project to offer two writing camps for teens this summer.

Worlds Away: Fantasy Writing

June 26 through June 30, 1 to 3 p.m. in Room D at the Iowa City Public Library

Teens who love stories of fantasy, folklore and mythology are invited to attend a week of world building and creativity with World Away: Fantasy Writing. Participants will make maps of new lands, write spells, discuss the finer points of magical creatures, dream up characters emerging into wild and mysterious predicaments, and turn the everyday scenes of Iowa City into enchanting and unfamiliar settings.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Writing and Designing Interactive Stories

July 17 through July 21, 1 to 4 p.m. in the Computer Lab at the Iowa City Public Library

If you’ve ever wanted to write a story that gives readers the freedom to seek their own destiny, this is the camp for you. We’ll explore the basics of choose-your-own-adventure storytelling and learn how to use free online tools to help organize and visually map multi-thread narratives. Students will create their own interactive adventure stories and turn them into digital, playable products.

Both camps are open to teens ages 13 through 18. Camps are free to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit and click on the registration button below the program description of the camp you wish to attend.

The Iowa Youth Writing Project is a non-profit outreach collective founded by University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010 that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with Iowa’s larger community by empowering, inspiring, and educating Iowa’s youth through language arts and creative thinking. For more information, visit

For more information about the IYWP programs offered at ICPL, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Inspiration for your fiction

by Melody Dworak on November 17th, 2015
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NaNoWriMo is more than halfway over. Looking for inspiration to get you past writer’s block? Consider consulting dictionaries and encyclopedias on specific subjects.

Last week, someone stumbled upon our encyclopedias on the short Reference shelves on the second floor. He wondered if we had anything like that for sci fi/fantasy mythology. He was curious as to where storytellers got their information about the strengths and weaknesses of monsters.

Lucky for him, he was talking with someone who’s been reading a ton of fantasy fiction this year. I have read the accounts of countless vampires, ghosts, werewolves, fae, demons, witches, trolls, shape-shifters—you name it!

I got him the book How to Kill a Vampire as a place to start. As we were talking about what his goals were for finding books like this, it struck me that he had a great idea: use these kinds of books to inspire and research your fiction writing.  Read the rest of this entry »

ICPL to Host Poetry Workshop for Kids

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 20th, 2014

Do you write poetry? Do you enjoy listening to poetry? Would you like to share your poems with other student poets? If so, the Iowa City Public Library’s Poetry Workshop is for you!P

The Library will host its annual Poetry Workshop for student writers in third through sixth grades from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in meeting room A. The program will be led by Children’s Librarian Katherine Habley.

Registration is required for this event. Registration begins on Saturday, March 1. Class size is limited to 45 people.

To register, visit; call (319) 356-5200; or stop by the Children’s Room desk.

ICPL’s Poetry Workshop is a free event for elementary students in third through sixth grades.