Announcing NEMO

The Nameless Writer’s Group @ FPLD will publish a print and online journal (called The Nemo Journal) for the Fountaindale Public Library community to include original creative works written and made by our patrons. We are accepting the following from FPLD patrons aged 14 and up:

  • Short stories (5K-word maximum)Poetry
  • Comics
  • Non-fiction (journalism, memoir)
  • Art / Graphics
  • Photography

Submit your work

(up to two submissions per person only)

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2018.

Indie Author Day – October 14

Indie Author Day 2017
Saturday, October 14 from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Room A
Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbrook, IL

Enjoy presentations, workshops, author readings and valuable information to help you with your writing!

  • Connect with local authors, fiction and nonfiction.
  • Discover our many tools available for writers at this library.
  • Get insight from successful traditionally published authors.
  • Learn the ins and outs of the self- and indie-published world from those taking that route.
  • Find out about SELF-E and how you can share your work with our community and the entire state.
  • Enter the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project.
  • Get tips for writing during NaNoWriMo.
  • And so much more.

We have a full slate of authors speaking during the day including:

Amanda Adams – Corporate Executive turned author with The Sangrita Club.

Justin Dauer – He brings his creative energy and insight to his nonfiction book Cultivating a Creative Culture.

Valante Grant – Her debut novel, Under Your Hat, was written during 2016’s NaNoWriMo.

TJC & AH Hrubes – This creative couple writes and designs Ten, Tall, Totally Twisted, Terrible Tales to Tell and Cat With a Blue Checkered Kite.

Lolah Lace – Prolific and best-selling author of romantic fiction, her latest title coming soon is Cove Garden.

Sue Mydliak – Special Ed. Paraprofessional by day and writer at night she penned the best-selling Rosewood trilogy.

Tracy Townsend – Her debut novel, The Nine (Thieves of Fate, #1) from Pyr arrives this November.

Authors and Books Featured During Indie Author Day 2017

Join us for this exciting chance to network with traditionally and independently published authors and get involved with our local writing community. We sincerely hope you’ll participate in Indie Author Day as it jointly celebrates you, writing as an art form, and libraries as centers for community engagement. See you there!

What is Indie Author Day?
The second annual Indie Author Day will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017. On this day, indie authors and members of the writing community will gather at their local libraries to participate in community-based activities like author panels, book readings and signings, writing workshops, presentations from local industry specialists and more.

NaNoWriMo @ FPLD

Download the newsletter about all the activities for writers here at FPLD.

Are you a writer? Fountaindale Public Library has several upcoming classes, workshops, and events just for you. Download the PDF newsletter for details. Here is what’s in store for the Fall 2016:

NaNoWriMo Meetups

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

Get an overview of the NaNoWriMo process, meet other writers, start planning for the big fall event, and then write, write, WRITE!

  • Get Ready: Thursday, September 22 , 7:00 p.m.
  • Pre-Launch: Thursday, October 27, 6:00 p.m.
  • Come Write-in: Sunday, November 6, 2:00 p.m.
  • Mid-month Check-in: Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.
  • Come Write-in: Saturday, November 19, 2:00 p.m.
  • Wrap-up: Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.

Indie Author Day

An in-person and digital gathering with writers, agents, and other industry leaders featuring presentations for our Fountaindale writing community about all the tools available to use at the library. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for authors to connect.

  • Saturday, October 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Moving from Concept to Completed Manuscript

Mystery writer and former writing instructor Patricia Skalka discusses the three key elements of the novel and shows how to weave them together into a step-by-step road map of the story that takes you from start to finish.

  • Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m.

Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages

Join author Carmela Martino to learn the “implicit promise” concept and four key elements to both improve your writing and please your readers.Don’t miss it!

  • Thursday, October 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m.