Whether you're penning the next Great American novel, becoming the next self-help guru or simply exploring the craft, find everything you need to create, share and discover great writing. From online self-publishing platforms and how-to tutorials to events and resources, discover the "write stuff" with JCPL.


2023 Teen Writing Contest Winners and Finalists!

The results are in! JCPL received 49 entries for our third annual Teen Writing Contest. Here are the winners and finalists.

Pressbooks Self-Publishing Platform

Create, edit, format and generate print-ready and e-book formats for your book.

BiblioBoard Library

Discover local self-published content submitted to the Indie Author Project. No waitlists or holds — just click and read!

Writing Resources from the Library

Authors at JCPL

Learn all about writing from the ones who have been through it all. Celebrated genre authors discuss everything from process to publishing.

Local Author Panel: Exploring Kate Quinn's Historical Fiction

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Colorado authors Rebel Carter, Aimie K. Runyan, Cindy Burkart Maynard and Phil Goodstein discuss the ins and outs of writing history, historical fiction, narrative nonfiction, getting published and making a living as a working writer.

World Reborn with Jeff VanderMeer and Special Host Ean Tafoya

Friday, April 29, 2022

Conversations with Jeff VanderMeer

World Reborn with Jeff VanderMeer Replay

What could a “world reborn” look like? Explore this idea with critically acclaimed author Jeff VanderMeer as he elaborates on his creative process, imaginative fiction and passion for ecological sustainability. Catch up on our pre-event conversations or live stream the main event. Looking for more Jeff VanderMeer? Check out our event recap with even more question and answers with this celebrated author and conservationist.

Romance in the Rockies

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Romance in the Rockies: Author Panel

Romance in the Rockies: Robyn Carr

Get some insights into the romance genre from a diverse panel of local romance authors, including Jen Turano, Sara Richardson, Aidy Award, Jennie Marts and Courtney Milan. Then, laugh along with celebrated and bestselling author Robyn Carr, author of the popular Virgin River series that inspired the hit show on Netflix.

Western Reboot

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Western Reboot: Author Panel

Western Reboot: Craig Johnson

Hear from authors who write about the modern west. The author panel included Margaret Coel, Barbara Nickless, Manuel Ramos, Mark Stevens and Kevin Wolf. New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson, writer of the Longmire series (and recent Netflix series), shares his thoughts.

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Staff Picks

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Staff Lists

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Write On!

Budding novelist? Like making up stories? Learn from some of the experts what it takes to become a published author.
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