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8/28/2012
HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY AND THE LOFT LITERARY CENTER WILL COLLABORATE ON 29 FREE ‘FIRST PAGES’ WRITING WORKSHOPS THIS FALL

The Twin Cities are “at the heart of one of the most literate and book-friendly regions in the country” (Loft Literary Center), so it stands to reason that there are a lot of talented writers waiting to be discovered here. This fall, in collaboration with the Loft, Hennepin County Library is offering 29 free “First Pages” writing workshops for new, experienced, published and non-published writers. Are you the next Garrison Keillor, Vince Flynn, Louise Erdrich, Pete Hautman, or Kate DiCamillo?
 
“First Pages” are 90-minute workshops taught by Loft teaching artists. Many of the instructors are published writers; all have their own writing practice. “The focus is on creative writing — fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and craft elements such as narrative, character development, plot, structure, etc., within those genres — rather than on things like proper grammar usage and composition,” said Jennifer Dodgson, manager of the Loft’s “Young Writers” and “First Pages” programs.
 
Hennepin County Library launched “First Pages” in collaboration with the Loft in 2008. Four hundred to 600 adults, teens, and children have participated in the workshops annually since then, Dodgson said.
 
In September, 14 “First Pages” workshops are scheduled at Hennepin County libraries.  Topics for adults are “Creative Writing,” “Writing Your Life,” “Creating Characters,” “A Novel Idea,” “Creative Writing Sampler,” and “Autumn Poetry.”  There are workshops for younger writers, too. Children can learn about “Creating Magical Worlds” and “Writing Short Stories,” and teens can learn about “Creating Fictional Worlds.”
 
Kate St. Vincent Vogl, author of “Lost & Found: A Memoir of Mothers,” has been teaching “First Pages” workshops since the program began in 2008. She has taught a variety of classes, both fiction and non-fiction.
 
“I like teaching ‘First Pages’ because it’s a way to connect with other writers in the area,” St. Vincent Vogl said. “’First Pages’ provides an introduction to writing as well as a quick focus on a particular aspect of writing. The instructor, together with the Loft and the Library, all serve as a resource for those looking for direction with their writing. Most importantly, ‘First Pages’ provides an introduction to the vibrant Twin Cities writing community for those just beginning to write and for those who seek a way to reach the next level in their writing.”
 
She said participants have a diversity of experiences and backgrounds, from new immigrants who speak English as a second language to a college professor who wanted to explore creative writing in his retirement. “Most are at the stage where they have an idea in their head, and they’re looking for tips on how to get it on the page.  Others have a draft but don’t know what steps to take in revising it,” she said.
 
St. Vincent Vogl added, ”At least one student from a ‘First Pages’ session has published her book. Several are in their final editing stages for submissions.”
 
Positive feedback and support may be as important as the writing craft know-how participants gain by attending “First Pages,” such as the participant who commented, “I am encouraged to do my memoir and also read a lot of books that will help me. Thank you very much.” 
 
Funding is provided by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Following are September workshops. For the complete schedule, go to www.hclib.org and click on Events & Classes at the top of the page. In the search box under the calendar on the right, type First Pages. Workshops are listed 12 weeks out. All require registration in advance.
 
 
 
First Pages for Adults: Creative Writing Sampler
Eden Prairie Library
Saturday, Sept. 15, 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6275.
For Adults. Not sure if you’re a poet, a novelist or a memoirist? Come and sample poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction by exploring craft techniques common to all three. You’ll also have a chance to experiment with each through creative writing exercises. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.


First Pages for Kids: Creating Magical Worlds
Oxboro Library
Saturday, Sept. 15, 1–2:30 p.m.
Register Onlineor call 612-543-5775.
For Kids. Grades 4-6. Do you want to be a writer? Learn how to create magical, fictional worlds that capture the imagination of your readers and keep them glued to the pages of your stories! See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.


First Pages for Adults: Writing Your Life
Brooklyn Park Library
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7–8:30 p.m.
Register Onlineor call 612-543-6225.
For Adults. Do you want to write down your memories for family members and friends, or hope to publish a book-length memoir? Try your hand at writing exercises that will spark your memory and tell your story. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.


First Pages for Kids: Writing Short Stories
Brookdale Library
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 3:30–5 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-5600.
For Kids. Grades 4-6. Can you tell stories that keep your friends on the edge of their sleeping bags? Explore different ways to come up with story ideas, and then shape them into engaging, fun stories – complete with characters, plot and setting – that you can share with all your friends! See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.


First Pages for Adults: Creating Characters
Nokomis Library
Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30–8 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6800.
For Adults. Whether you are writing about kings, detectives or spies, you want to give the reader more than interesting occupations. Learn how to dig deeper into your characters to make them complex, conflicted and compelling, even if they’re vampires. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.


First Pages for Adults: A Novel Idea
Edina Library
Saturday, Sept. 22, 11a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6325.
For Adults. Have you always wanted to write the great American novel, but don’t know where to begin? Learn the core elements of the novel to help you get started. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.


First Pages for Adults: Writing Your Life
Northeast Library
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6–7:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6775.
For Adults. Do you want to write down your memories for family members and friends, or hope to publish a book-length memoir? Try your hand at writing exercises that will spark your memory and tell your story. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.


First Pages for Adults: Creative Writing Sampler
Rockford Road Library
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30–8 p.m
Register Online
or call 612-543-5875.
For Adults. Not sure if you’re a poet, a novelist or a memoirist? Come and sample poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction by exploring craft techniques common to all three. You’ll also have a chance to experiment with each through creative writing exercises. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.


First Pages for Teens: Creating Fictional Worlds
Franklin Library
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4:30–6 p.m.
Register Online
or call 612-543-6925.
For Teens. Grades 7-12. How do you create fictional but vivid and detailed “other worlds” in fiction? Learn how celebrated authors have mastered the art of creating these alternate worlds where anything is possible, and how you can too! See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.


First Pages for Adults: Writing Your Life
Brookdale Library
Thursday, Sept. 27, 10:30a.m.–noon
Registration required, begins Aug. 30. Register online or call 612-543-5600.
For Adults. Do you want to write down your memories for family members and friends, or hope to publish a book-length memoir? Try your hand at writing exercises that will spark your memory and tell your story. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.
 

First Pages for Adults: A Novel Idea
Hopkins Library
Saturday, Sept. 29, 10:30a.m.–noon
Registration required, begins Sept. 1. Register online or call 612-543-6400.
For Adults. Have you always wanted to write the great American novel, but don’t know where to begin? Learn the core elements of the novel to help you get started. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.

 
First Pages for Adults: Creative Writing Sampler
Westonka Library
Saturday, Sept. 29, 10:30a.m. – noon
Registration required, begins Sept. 1. Register online or call 612-543-6175.
For Adults. Not sure if you’re a poet, a novelist or a memoirist? Come and sample poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction by exploring craft techniques common to all three. You’ll also have a chance to experiment with each through creative writing exercises. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.


First Pages for Kids: Creating Magical Worlds
Rogers Library
Saturday, Sept. 29, 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration required, begins Sept. 1. Register online or call 612-543-6050.
For Kids. Grades 4-6. Do you want to be a writer? Learn how to create magical, fictional worlds that capture the imagination of your readers and keep them glued to the pages of your stories! See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.


First Pages for Adults: Autumn Poetry
Pierre Bottineau Library
Saturday, Sept. 29, 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration required, begins Sept. 1. Register online or call 612-543-6850.
For Adults. Summer is over and now the world outside is changing. Capture the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the new season on the page by learning how to write poems inspired by the season. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.


8/28/2012


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