Writing is often a solitary pursuit, and rejections from publishers, emotionally challenging content and the pressure we put on ourselves to succeed can make it a pretty tough slog at the best of times – throw in those long, dark Canadian winters and you’ve got a recipe for too much whiskey and a tear-stained manuscript. Having a community who shares your interests can really help – not only personally, but professionally and creatively.
Kitchener Public Library aims to serve as an amplifier for the creative communities that already exist within our city, and provide them with resources to connect. Over time KPL has blossomed into a space for writers to gain contacts, skills and audiences. Some of the ways we do this are:
- Writing workshops presented at our libraries – recent workshop facilitators include children’s author Kathy Stinson and singer-songwriter Oh Susanna!
- Events showcasing local authors and their work as part of our 85 Queen series
- The Edna Staebler Writer-In-Residence program
- The Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards
- “Local Author” tags in our catalog
- “Read Local” book displays
We hope local authors think of Kitchener Public Library as a place to create, inspire and connect, and that readers come to us when they want to Read Local.
Check out these great titles from local authors