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Gather your tools for quiet writing at the end of your busy day

You are welcome to read, research and write at our quiet space for writers.  In search of “a clean, well-lighted place” to think and write? Looking for a room for quiet research and silent reading? Whether you write long hand or digitally, you are welcome to use this time and shared space to create or organize your notes.  Covered drinks and light snacks are encouraged; phone calls and use of devices without headphones is not. 

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Poetry Reading and Open Mic Competition

Open Mic Competition with E. Ethelbert Miller and Alan

Are you a poet? Come read at the open mic Saturday, April 14, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a chance to be selected as a finalist in the DC Poet Project.  Listen to poets E. Ethelbert Miller and Alan King read their work, and stay to read your own poetry or listen to other local poets read theirs. At the end, Mr. Miller and Mr. King will select one open mic reader as “the winner” and award a $100 dollar cash prize.  

The Boy with 17 Senses

Worlds Where Senses Mix, Part One

Explorations of Synesthesia in Children's Fiction

Young people are often taught that humans have five separate senses. However, the neurological condition of synesthesia, in which a stimulus of one sense involuntarily evokes another sense, challenges the assumed universality of distinct senses. Although once thought to be very rare, recent scientific research has found that as many as 4 percent of people have at least one of over 80 kinds of synesthesia.

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Poetry Presentation with Regie Cabico

Poetry through the power of autobiography

In her poem, “Power,” Audre Lorde wrote,  "I am lost without imagery or magic  trying to make power  out of hatred and destruction."

Jessica Spotwood

Editing Your Work

A NaNoWriMo Follow-up

Did you participate in National Novel Writing Month in November? Are you considering your next move? The creator of NaNoWriMo, Chris Baty, suggests a 6-week plan for taking a breather and getting your manuscript in shape.

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The Writer's Den Returns!

Stack your pages at this NaNoWriMo event

Drop into our pop-up writer's lounge for coffee, tea, and contemplation, held weekly on Mondays in November from 5-7 p.m. at your favorite neighborhood Library. Register for NaNaWriMo and get swag to keep you writing. Writing references, WiFi, and library staff will be available in for your convenience, so that you can stack your pages towards your word count goal.

Ella Minnow Pea

FUNomenal Wordplay

Novels for Wordplay Lovers

For most of my life I've been fond of zany wordplay, such as palindromes, anagrams, puns, lipograms, pangrams, oxymorons, and alliteration. I have discovered some novelists who share a similar fascination and whimsically employ wordplay in their fiction, even as they also explore deeper themes. If you too are a wordplay enthusiast, check out the children's and adult novels below.

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Career Insights from DC Public Library Employees 33 and Under

Have an inside look at the people who work for District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL). We interviewed ten people from two different departments. Here’s a look at what we found: Most of them didn’t grow up in D.C and came from various places worldwide. They had different career goals and as college students they took wandering paths and did what interested them.

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Roxane Gay Read-Alikes

Author Roxane Gay will be at All Souls Unitarian Church on Tuesday, June 20, in conversation with WAMU's Alicia Montgomery. This free event, part of the Signature Speaker Series, is presented in partnership with Oracle Group and the DC Public Library Foundation.

On writing : a memoir of the craft

Friends You Need While Writing

You have a story to tell, a story that only you know the best. The urge to share that story washes over you and you begin to write and everything is fine... until you hit the wall.  That’s when you need a friend to tell you your steps and whisper precious advice into your ears, for writing a book is like a thousand mile journey, long and arduous, complicated and mysterious, full of unsought twists in dark woods. Here I have collected five of the best friends you could ever imagine having with you, just in case you stumble on something. 

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