Put it in Writing: 15 Libraries Host Writing Workshops

Contact: Megan Humphrey
312-280-4020
mhumphrey@ala.org

For Immediate Release
March 2003

Put it in Writing @ your library: 15 libraries host workshops with Woman’s Day writers during National Library Week

Partnership expands in 2003 to include online book club

The American Library Association (ALA) and Woman’s Day have doubled the number of libraries participating in the 2003 Put it in Writing @ your library™ program. As a result of sold-out workshops last year, 15 libraries nationwide will host writing workshops during National Library Week (April 6-12), led by writers from Woman’s Day magazine. The program is designed to promote the wealth of opportunities that all types of libraries offer – in schools, on college/university campuses and in communities large and small — that can spark a writer’s imagination and creativity and help develop a community of writers. During the two-hour workshops, Woman’s Day writers will offer tips on how to get published, drawing from their own experiences and specialties. These workshops are free and open to the public. Librarians will showcase the resources available at their library to help local writers break into the business.

Workshops will be held at the County of Los Angeles Public Library/Culver City Julian Dixon Library; San Francisco Public Library; Aurora (Colo.) Public Library; the Ferguson Library, Stamford, Conn.; Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Washington, D.C.; Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Library; Highland Park (Ill.) Public Library; Newton (Mass.) Free Library; Columbia (Mo.) Public Library; Camden County (N.J.) Library; Scarsdale (N.Y.) Public Library; Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, N.C.; Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County; Knox County (Tenn.) Public Library; and Vancouver (Wash.) Community Library, a branch of Fort Vancouver Regional Library District.

Libraries in other cities are urged to hold writing workshops, as well. Guidelines and suggestions on how to organize a writer’s workshop @ your library, including a bibliography for writers, tips for getting published, writing-related programming ideas, sample press materials and more are available at on the @ your library™ Web site.

The workshops were announced in the March 4 issue of Woman’s Day as part of an article that published the three winning essays from last year’s Put it in Writing @ your library essay contest. The contest invited unpublished women writers to submit essays in the categories of Health, Essay and General Reporting.

This year, Woman’s Day and ALA are asking, “Is there a book that changed your life?” Women across the country are invited to submit 700 words or less about it to Woman’s Day for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Submissions can be sent to “The Book That Changed My Life,” Woman’s Day, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 or sent to WDwriting@hfmus.com. Name, address and phone number should be included. Five submissions will be selected to appear in the magazine.

A new addition to the ALA partnership with Woman’s Day is an online book club that will feature recommendations from ALA members. The librarian recommendations will debut in the next several months at www.womansday.com.

Put It in Writing @ your library is part of The Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s multi-year public education campaign designed to showcase the value of public, school, academic and special libraries and librarians in the 21st century.

Woman’s Day, published by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc., is a founding partner in The Campaign for America’s Libraries. Others include 3M Library Systems, Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Major League Baseball, Morningstar Foods Inc., maker of Hershey’s Milk, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

For more information about The Campaign for America’s Libraries, including how to subscribe to a discussion list for the latest updates and idea-sharing, see the @ your library Web site at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary. Libraries are encouraged to send multiple hard-copy samples of how they are involved in the campaign to: Megan Humphrey, Campaign Coordinator, ALA Public Information Office, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Samples may also be sent electronically to: atyourlibrary@ala.org.