Library Corner: Calling all writers |

Library Corner: Calling all writers

Anna Szczepanski
Grand County Library District
The Salish Sea was a book project collaboration between Ann Douden and Betsy Armstrong, who will present a free workshop on book packaging and publishing Wednesday, March 14 at the Granby Library.
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Upcoming Grand County Community of Writers Events

All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Granby Library: Monthly Critique Group

Wednesday, March 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Granby Library: Book Packaging and Publishing with Ann Douden and Betsy Armstrong

Wednesday, April 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Granby Library: What local media outlets are looking for, a panel discussion

Writers are like prairie dogs. For every one you see above the surface, there are 15 more working quietly below ground.

In an effort to “flush out” those writers, the Grand County Library District and local author Martin Smith of Granby started the Grand County Community of Writers last fall.

Thanks to a grant from the Grand Foundation, writers were invited to a series of free workshops held by Smith, who has published nine books and worked for years as a senior editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. The workshops ran two months, last September and October, with the first month focused on fiction and the second on non-fiction.

Since then, the writers continue to meet one Sunday a month at the Granby Library.

Attendees can submit a piece of writing they are working on. The meeting is dedicated to providing constructive feedback to help better the work and give the writer ideas moving forward. Submissions vary widely—from the first chapter of a novel, to a memoir to historical fiction. But the monthly deadline provides the impetus to put words on paper, which is both the challenge and the joy for any writer.

“I’ve always relied on critique groups to improve my own work and to learn from other writers. So I encourage anybody who is working on a project to get involved. It’s a very smart and friendly group,” said Smith.

In addition to the monthly critique meeting, the Community of Writers hosts free specialty workshops once a month that focus on the practical side of writing and publishing.

From 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 14 in the Granby Library Community Meeting Room, Ann Douden and Betsy Armstrong will explain the art of book packaging—everything from the cover images to how the words appear on the printed page. The two bring years of experience packaging, editing, and publishing books.

On April 18, the Community of Writers is inviting a panel of local media outlets, including Sky-Hi News, to share what types of stories they are looking for, how to submit, and what the expectations are for writers who work for them on a contract basis. The hope is that aspiring writers can learn how to get published and provide valuable content to local newspapers and other media outlets.

Writing is ultimately a solitary activity. But if you read the acknowledgments in any book, you will see the writer thank his or her community of fellow writers.

If you have stories you are ready to put on the page, join us. Email Anna Szczepanski at to be added to the Grand County Community of Writers mailing list, or attend one of our events.

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