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Developing a Plot

Developing a Plot

by David Hoof, Professor Emeritus of English, Georgetown University

Professor David Hoof continues with the second stage of his lecture series on novel writing - "Developing a Plot". A plot is not a story outline. Developing a plot is part of the process of revision in which the first draft is edited with an eye to how the original presentation of a story satisfies the dramatic requirements imposed by readers. These include defining beginning, middle and end to all story intervals, down to the level of scenes and, sometimes, to beats as well.

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The Reading Brain

...and How Digital Media Is Rewiring It

How is your experience reading these words different than if you were reading them on paper? In what ways does the printed word—and in particular, book reading—alter the mind and human culture? How is digital media rewiring the brain and changing the way we think, imagine, and experience life? These are the kinds of questions the books below explore through perspectives from neuroscience, history, linguistics, media studies, literature, and personal stories.

Leader's Guide to Storytelling by Stephen Denning

What Is Your Story?

Stories and storytelling for adults

Do you think of yourself as an expert storyteller?  Surprise--if you're a homo sapiens (and if you're reading this, you are,) you are a storytelling natural.  Most stories don't start with "Once upon a time" or conclude "And they lived happily ever after."  In fact, many stories start in the middle, and aren't about monsters or fairy godmothers at all.  Yet our everyday stories, the stuff of our lives, can carry as much emotional impact as a famous Grimm or Perrault tale. 

PKL Youth Advisory Now Forming

Earn Community Service Hours as a Library Youth Advisor

Teens!  Are you a respectful, responsible young adult aged 13-19 and interested in sharing your ideas about how the Parklands-Turner Library can meet your needs and the needs of other young people in our community? Visit the library today or phone 202-645-4532 and ask to speak with Ms. Auset for more information on how you can be a part of this exciting new group.

Space to Write

Northeast Writing Group

Space to Write

They say writing is a solitary task. (That's true.) But sometimes you need the energy of a warrior and the inspiration of a teacher to continue, to overcome a block, to make it to the last sentence of your work. No matter what you're working on, join Reza (Library Associate with an MA in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University) for an afternoon of writing, every Wednesday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., in the conference room on the mezzanine level.  It takes one sentence a day to keep the writer's block away.   

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What's New for NaNoWriMo?

Space for writers during National Novel Writing Month

Want to dive into National Novel Writing Month, but don't know where to start?  Not a fiction writer and feeling a little left out?  Fear not, your favorite downtown library has got you covered. On Tuesdays, drop into our Connect & Share or The Writer's Den

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Texts That Explore Writing

Reading about writers

As the DC area prepares for National Novel Writing month, the library is getting ready to engage readers and writers alike with a series of exciting programs and drop in events.  NaNoWriMo, as it's known, takes place each November. Participants can sign up online to track their progress as they aim to write the next hit novel in a month! Check out DC Library's NaNoWriMo page for more system-wide events.

Beginning the Novel by David Hoof

Beginning the Novel

by David Hoof, Professor Emeritus of Writing, Georgetown University

David Hoof, Professor Emeritus of Writing, Georgetown University, will offer three workshops on Beginning the Novel.   Please join us on Saturdays - November 7, 14, and 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. Please call or email to register : 202-727-0232,  georgetownlibrary@dc.gov

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Happy National Comic Book Day!

Creating Comic Strips with Fankids from Around the Globe

Petworth fankids had a great time discussing  comic books, comic strips, and graphic novels on National Comic Book Day (celebrated September 25th annually)! A custom-designed template guided the children in the creation of their own colorful, four-panel superhero comic strips. Afterwards, these anxious authors were excited to receive free comic books courtesy of "nice guy" Nick at Big Planet Comics, along with Chipotle meal coupons, DCPL tattoos, and congratulatory stickers.

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Create Your Own Comic

Especially for young fans of comic books and comic strips!

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11:30 a.m. for a fun program in honor of National Comic Book Day (Sept. 25). We will be reading Easy Reader "comic books," picture books written in the style of comic books and creating our own comic strips! This is a fun storytelling, reading, writing and drawing program for children ages 6 - 9.  

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