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November is National Novel Writing Month and the Brantford Public Library offers a wide selection of books, online learning opportunities and programs to help nurture your inner novelist.

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To get started, check out a selection from the library’s collection of novel-writing books. Some excellent introductions to the process of writing a novel include Writing a Novel by Richard Skinner and The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing from the editors of Writer’s Digest. In addition, the collection also features books in different genres, including Writing A Romance Novel for Dummies by Leslie Wainger, How To Write A Mystery edited by Lee Child, and Putting The Science In Fiction edited by Dan Koboldt.

There are a number of on-demand video tutorials on writing available through the library’s LinkedIn Learning service and Universal Class.

To access LinkedIn Learning, formerly Lynda.com, simply sign in with your library card and PIN. Courses available through LinkedIn Learning include Writing a Best-Selling Novel in 15 Steps, Foundations of Fiction, Writing Your Novel, and Selling Your Novel to a Great Publisher. Classes range from two to six hours and are conveniently separated into individual lessons that allow you to pick up where you left off.

The library’s Universal Class e-learning tool also offers a great selection of online courses. Explore different genres through lessons in writing historical fiction, mystery, romance, paranormal romance, and women’s fiction. Similar to LinkedIn Learning, courses offered through Universal Class are available on demand and are divided into chapters that allow you to learn at your own pace.

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Keep up to date with all the latest news in the world of writing and publishing by downloading digital copies of Writing magazine available through the PressReader digital magazine and the library’s newspaper service. This monthly publication is one of the best-selling writing magazines in the world and features author interviews, writing tips, industry news and more. PressReader can be configured to automatically download the latest issue to your device.

The library also offers online and in-person programs throughout the year to help you connect with other local writers.

The Brantford Writers’ Society meets regularly at the main branch and is a great way to exchange ideas with other members.

The library’s annual Lifescapes memoir writing program is also underway. Email Robin at rharding@brantfordlibrary.ca for more information on this program.

At Your Library is a weekly column provided by the staff of the Brantford Public Library. Readers wanting more information can visit www.brantfordlibrary.ca.

Irene B. Bowles