Plano Learns: Creative Writing
Write the novel or short story of your dreams with suggestions from Plano Public Library on transforming your idea into a fully-fledged narrative.
On June 12, 2020 we hosted a virtual workshop on Creative Writing. View the recorded workshop below and access additional online resources.
Have an idea for a story, but need help getting started? Follow along to carry the seed of an idea all the way from inception to the crafting of a fully-developed story. Learn how to use a mind map to engage in story exploration, get past the Wall of Recall, and refine your idea with indexing and story treatment. Don’t let writer’s block get you down this summer!
Library databases and websites
*resources available with a Plano Public Library card
- *Great Courses via Kanopy: learn about topics of interest to spark new ideas
- *Lynda.com: view courses on increasing creativity
- Written Word Media site | 500 writing prompts
- MindMup | Free mindmapping webpage
- Writing Cooperative | Writing prompt generators
eBooks from the library
100 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Gary Provost
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Creativity: The Perfect Crime by Philippe Petit
You Are an Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation by Sarah Urist Green
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
Browse our full collection in the Plano Public Library catalog. Place items for the whole family on hold for porch pick-up.