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Calling All Writers! Get Published in NYPL!Zine

Are you writer, poet, or artist? Would you like to see your works published? The New York Public Library has an opportunity for you!Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Cheryl Boyce-Taylor to Friends and Poets

This episode of 'Live From the Reading Room: Correspondence', recited by Trinidadian costume historian Natalya Mills-Mayrena, features a letter from Trinidadian Poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor to a group of friends and poets. In the letter, Boyce-Taylor discusses writing, family, and publishing. Read More ›

Our 7 Favorite Literary Coffee Shops

Writers and coffee go together like espresso and steamed milk. Everywhere you look, there's a writer plugging away on their laptop in a cafe, usually with a steaming cup of joe by their side. Here are seven of our favorite literary cafes from around the globe.Read More ›

Indie Author Fair @ the Bronx Library Center: Calling All Writers and Readers!

On October 8, 2016, the Bronx Library Center will be joining libraries across North America in the Inaugural Indie Author Day—an event designed to bring the local writing community together. Read More ›

Punctuate This: Grammar Books to Fuel Your Inner Nerd

Like any game, grammar operates based off of rules learned in action. It isn't just for the dogmatic to dictate with elbow-patched zeal. In that spirit, we're taking a deep dive into grammar books.Read More ›

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 ›
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