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Experiments with the New York School of Poets

Our March poetry workshop discussed the New York School of poets, their influences, their style, and their writing habits as it captured the spirit of the 1950s and 60s in New York City. Taking some of these habits, we wrote poetry, trying for a slice of life or a walk down a New York street, using drips and splashes of collaged ideas.Read More ›

Happy National Handwriting Day!

To celebrate National Handwriting Day, founded in conjunction with John Hancock's birthday, and in honor of his large, elegant signature, we're presenting a roundup of famous autographs found in our Digital Collections. Read More ›

Writing for Wellness

There are many takes on how to use writing and creativity to relieve stress, to find peace, or to organize one’s thoughts and increase the output of one’s ideas. Listed here are a few titles to take on the task of helping to find a sense of wellness in life.Read More ›

NaNoWriMo @ MML: The End of the Road

November is over, and with it, National Novel Writing Month. Mid-Manhattan’s aspiring novelists were dropping like flies in the third week of the month, but by the fourth week we had a strong showing of determined and focused writers.Read More ›

Write On! Great YA Books To Inspire Teens To Write

Got writers block? Some creative inspiration from the library.Read More ›

NaNoWriMo @ MML: the Dreaded Week 2

After the optimistic glow of the first full week of National Novel Writing Month fades away, writers are met with a mammoth challenge: staying on task! Read More ›

NaNoWriMo@MML Week 1: So Far, So... Okay

Week one of National Novel Writing Month is officially underway! We're just getting into the swing of things. Our writers have been diligently working on their books, and share what they've accomplished so far.Read More ›

NaNoWriMo @ Mid-Manhattan: Meet Our Novelists!

Once per week, we’ll be posting an update so that the greater NYPL community can get to know our writers and follow their progress. Who knows—maybe the next big best-seller will be written right here on the 4th floor! Read More ›

15 Writers on Writing

Whether you’re writing the next War and Peace or just trying to think up the Next Great Tweet, here are a few writers’ quotes on writing to get you through it:Read More ›

Podcast #75: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith on Race, Writing, and Relationships

There are few authors as smart, powerful, and visionary as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith. This week, we're proud to present them discussing clear writing, race, and relationships on the New York Public Library Podcast.Read More ›

15 Pen Names You May Not Have Known Are Author Pseudonyms

Authors are no strangers to fiction, and sometimes the genius of their imaginations even extends to their own names.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Collaborating Couples on February 7, 2015

Andrea and Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, and Betsy and Ted Lewin spoke about living and working on books together.Read More ›

Podcast #46: Joan Didion on Writing and Revising

Joan Didion's stately prose, with its dry humor and turns toward observation, has enamored readers for the last five decades. A writer of fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays, she has taught us how to depart a once-loved city, critique "the process" of democracy, and of course, enjoy the pleasures of an elegant sentence.Read More ›

Adult Learning Center Readers and Writers Inspired by Winter Storm Juno

Snowed out and what's a teacher to do?! You know the old adage about "You only have one chance to make a first impression." Somehow, just canceling class did not seem ideal. We improvised!Read More ›

When Writers Write Books About How to Write Books

Whether you're looking to ease into creative writing, think about literature in greater depth, or simply discover what it is writers think about writing, these books offer the pleasure of writers thinking about and doing what they do best.Read More ›

Authors Share Their Best Writing Tips with NYPL

Writing can be a daunting task. You sit in front of a blank page. You try to make something where there was nothing, and your only material is language. Yet over the years, NYPL has spoken to dozens of writers who have faced exactly this challenge and ended up on the other side of a finished book. If you want to write, then get ready to take notes. Here are some of the best bits of writing advice from the NYPL video archive.Read More ›

Columbus Writer's Club Summer Edition

As we know Summer is almost over, but for the Writer's Club@Columbus things just seem to be warming up. Topical and tropical but cooled by the air conditioning, we restarted on August 18th with the idea of not shying away from the good, controversial or the truth and we hope to keep things going for the rest of the year.Read More ›

Imagination Academy 2014 - Week 4

Our last week of Imagination Academy 2014 focused on illustration and graphic novels. Read More ›

Imagination Academy 2014 - Week 3

For Week 3 of Imagination Academy, we shifted our focus to poetry. The week kicked off with Jane LeCroy, a New York based poet, singer, teacher and performance artist. According to Jane, poetry is ”Something that takes a while to understand. Once you first read it through, you can’t at first decipher what the author is trying to say. But that’s what makes poetry so much fun. There are no rules.” Read More ›

Imagination Academy 2014 - Week 2

Week 2 (Fiction II) of Imagination Academy started with a bang! pop! POW! on Tuesday, July 15. Read More ›
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