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Summer Learning Track: The Write Stuff

Everybody has a story inside them, so why not use this summer to write your own? Richland Library is full of people, events, and materials to help you get creative with words, whether you want to record your family history, learn what the heck iambic pentameter is, or finally finish that novel you’ve been tinkering with.

Whatever your age, skill level, or preferred writing utensil, we can help! Join one of our writing groups for all-year support and creative camaraderie, get the latest writing news delivered straight to your device through Zinio magazine issues, and take the best writing advice by reading whatever you can get your hands on. Get started by using this sample Learning Track, or develop your own!

Creative Writer’s Guild
Feeling creative? Bring your words to a round-table discussion with other local writers for a fun way to keep your narrative skills sharp!
7 p.m., Thursdays, June 4, July 2 and August 6 -- Main

Telling Your Story: A Family History Writer's Group*
Interested in genealogy? Meet with others who are researching and writing their family history for ideas and help getting started.​
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Mondays, June 15, July 20 and August 17 -- Cooper

Open Mic Poetry*
Expression is the language through which words move and elevate minds.  Come out and express your talent through the art of poetry, spoken-word, and more.  Open Mic Poetry for Poets, Singers, Lyricists, Musicians, and more @ Richland Library St. Andrews. Get ready for an awesome time!
6 p.m., Tuesdays, June 23, July 21 and August 18  -- St. Andrews

Tell the Truth, Tell It Slant*
Want to push your writing to a new level? Want to learn more about craft and voice? Image and indirection. Honesty and lies, voice and craft. Finding a voice, telling a story.  A series of free writing workshops with Ed Madden, poet laureate of the City of Columbia and literary arts editor for Jasper magazine, culminating with an open mic poetry reading. Registration is required.
6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, July 7 – 28 -- Main
 
The Art of Memoir: Telling Your Story
Do you have a story to tell about your life? Join local memoirist Ann Humphries and other writers to explore the art of writing a memoir.
1:30 p.m., Thursdays -- Sandhills
July 9: Getting Started: Learn the difference between a memoir, an autobiography, and a diary. Find your voice, choose the direction you want to take, and start writing.
July 30: Halfway There!: Be prepared to critique and be critiqued with the work you have done.
August 13: Wrap It Up: Draw a graceful conclusion, learn tips for continuing on your own, and discuss publication options. 

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