Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers a variety of resources and programs for the Charlotte writing community. Whether you are interested in joining a writing group, self-publishing your book, or attending a panel discussion—we have something for you!
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Anyone can join one of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s many active writing groups. We offer a variety of days, times, topics, and locations. Whether you are interested in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, getting published, joining a critique group, or just meeting other Charlotte writers, we have a group for you to join.
We host author panels, book talks, and other special events throughout the year at a variety of locations. In addition, we host several annual large-scale events for writers. You can check our online calendar for specific dates, times, & locations. Click on the event below to learn more.
Since 1996, April has been celebrated as National Poetry Month. This is a month-long celebration of verse in all forms, organized and supported by the American Academy of Poets. You can read more about National Poetry Month and the Academy of American Poets on their website.
Indie Author Day is an annual festival celebrating self-published and independently-published local authors. The day involves panel discussions, networking, book sale, and more. Join us each year in October, as we celebrate our local independent writing community!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a 30-day writing challenge with participants across the world. You can register here, track your word count and compete with friends to hit 50,000 words by Nov. 30. It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing that encourages getting words on the page and turning off your self-editor (at least until Dec. 1). The idea is to spend the month immersed in the act of writing for writing's sake and get your creative juices flowing.
The Local Author Collection
This is a special collection for authors living in and around Mecklenburg County including nearby South Carolina counties. Other authors who live in NC may be added as deemed appropriate by Materials Management.
This collection will not include established local authors who are published by traditional publishing companies.
- The author must be willing to donate one copy to be added to this collection.
- It takes a minimum of 4-5 weeks before a Local Author Collection title appears in the catalog.
- The Library will add the book to the Local Author Collection housed at Main Library. Local Author Collection materials may be placed on hold and sent to the requested branch.
- Weeding/Deselection will be based on condition. Items that have not circulated within five years will be evaluated during an annual review
Local author inquiries should be directed to Sandy Stratton, firstname.lastname@example.org, in the Materials Management Department. The author will be asked to mail the book to the Main Library to her attention. Alternately, the book may be dropped off at a convenient branch location which will send item to Sandy Stratton at Main Library.
Pressbooks is an easy-to-use online software that allows you to create professional-quality e-book and print ready files in ePUB, MOBI, and PDF formats.
SELF-e is a self-publishing program where local indie authors can share publish their e-book through the Library.
In BiblioBoard Library, customers will discover local content from self-published North Carolina authors as well as the NC LIVE Home Grown e-book Collection.
Writing Events & Programs
An open discussion of the art and business of writing short stories, poems and novels. Critiques are available if three to eight copies of materials to be critiqued are provided. The group meets twice a month on the first and third Saturday.
Writers of all skill levels are encouraged to join the group to do some writing, share their work, meet other local amateur writers, and exchange ideas.
Come meet a local poet at our poetry desk on the first floor in honor of National Poetry Month. The poet will be happy to craft a poem for you while you wait.