Escape the Lockdown Blues. Write on!

‘Self-isolating’ is what many professional writers need to do on a daily basis to get their books, articles, plays and pieces finished. How often have you heard of writers barricading themselves away for days, even months?  If you’ve ever dallied with a dream to write – our recent lockdown might be the beginning
of a beautiful experience. What better time to start journaling, begin a family memoir…or even enter a contest?

That’s right! CPL Unleash Your Spirit poetry contest is open until April 30. See contest details on our website.


Need a bit of help getting started? Check out the CPL website and these Digital Resources. Here, you’ll find professional help is at your fingertips, in your own home…and free!

Gale Courses. These six-week courses offer advice and how-to expertise on a variety of writing genres from children’s books to romance, mystery, travel and memoirs. They also feature courses on how to get published, and how to self-publish.  All you need is a CPL library card. See our temporary card registration at

Kanopy also offers half-hour lectures for writers on a wide variety of topics that range from handling rejection letters, pitching your book, how to research markets to making a life as a fiction writer. By simply using the search word ‘writers’ or ‘writing’, expect to be impressed by all the resources.

E-books and E-audio books:  Search CPL digital resources including Overdrive, Ebsco and Hoopla for how-to professional advice aimed at writers of all levels.  Personal favorites include On Writing by Stephen King and Writing down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. (both titles on Overdrive)

Need a bit of inspiration? Who doesn’t these days. Through CPL’s Kanopy and Hoopla digital resources, look for movies and documentaries on writers and/or writing or even enjoy movies based on classic novels. Here are just a few…

Hoopla offers Becoming Jane – the untold romance story that inspired the novels of Jane Austen, Midnight in Paris – A frustrated writer mysteriously time-travels back to 1920s meeting literary legends.  Shakespeare in Love follows the young bard through the angst of writer’s block and love. Finding Neverland –James M. Barrie believes his career is over after a failed play. But his chance meeting with a widow and her four boys begins a friendship that sparks his imagination, and inspires his greatest work – Peter Pan

Kanopy:  Almost Famous is a movie loosely based on the life of (Jerry McGuire director) Cameron Crowe and his first writing assignment for Rolling Stones Magazine. By faking his age (15) he unexpectedly finds himself on a cross country tour with a rock band.

Need a bit of feedback? CPL’s Writers’ Ink groups provide a safe, supportive place to share your creative endeavors.  With chapters at our Bolton, Margaret Dunn and Alton branches – look to join us when we reopen. See our website for dates and times.