Writers Resources

Writers Groups

Most of the Lorain Public Library System's branches have ongoing monthly writers groups to give you a chance to hone your writing skills and connect with other writers. For more information call your local branch or check out the events calendar.

Writers Workshops and Author Events

The Lorain Public Library System hosts a variety of events of interest to writers including writers workshops, Indie Author Day events, writing contests, and author visits. Get a full listing of upcoming events by visiting our online events calendar and searching the Author and Writing Program categories.

Self-Publishing Tools

These three online tools will help you prepare your writing in a professional quality format ready to print or upload as an eBook to be reviewed by Library Journal and shared with others.

Pressbooks is an online platform for creating professional eBooks and print books which may then circulate in participating libraries.

SELF-e is a collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard allowing authors and libraries to work together to present self-published eBooks. If a submitted eBook is selected by Library Journal’s SELF-e curation process, the eBooks may be circulated among participating public libraries across the U.S. and Canada.

BiblioBoard houses digital books, images, videos and more from libraries, artists, authors and others from your community and around the world. It offers new fiction, popular comic books, award-winning videos, and colorful children's books.

Learning Tools

Using your Lorain Public Library System library card, access the following free online services to take courses in writing and publishing.

Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. 

Lynda.com- Learn business, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals using these free video courses on the latest software, taught by industry experts. Online videos are available for Developer, IT, Business, Marketing, Photography, 3D + Animation, Video, Web, and more. Both in-library and remote users must enter their library card number and PIN to access Lynda.com.

Local Author Collection

To support, encourage, and foster access to local talent, the Lorain Public Library System created a Local Author Collection. This collection features donated books and music from local authors and musicians. To donate materials for this collection, please complete this submission form and include it with the donated item. Items may be taken to any Lorain Public Library System location.