It doesn't matter if you're penning the next Great American novel, becoming a 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, learn the "write stuff" with JCPL.

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Submissions for the Indie Author Project are due May 31!

Calling all genre writers, the Indie Author Project unveils a new format for the seventh annual contests.

Tasha Christensen, Winner of the 2023 Indie Author Project!

Local author Tasha Christensen talks writing, the Indie Author Project and her winning book, "As You Were."

Pressbooks Self-Publishing Platform

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

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.

An Evening with Jacqueline Woodson

Friday, April 5, 2024

Interview with Jacqueline Woodson

Learning to Write: A Conversation with Jacqueline Woodson

Best-selling author and MacArthur Fellow Jacqueline Woodson discusses how reading and listening to other's stories taught her how to write.

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 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.

How to Be a Super Reader with Matt de la Peña

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Award-winning children's and young adult author Matt de la Peña discusses the importance of empathy, connecting with reluctant readers, the role libraries have played in his life and how his books have opened kids' minds.

An Evening with Isabel Allende

Friday, March 5, 2021

An Evening with Isabel Allende

Literary legend, social activist and feminist icon Isabel Allende discusses her latest book, "The Soul of a Woman," with local author Kali Fajardo-Anstine, her history with books and the choice to choose meaning over monikers.

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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Writing Events

Kids Writing Group, part of a series

All you need is your imagination, a spiral notebook and something to write with! This program is for third graders and older (age 9+).
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