December Is ChiChiBoWriMo

Join CPL this December as we launch ChiChiBoWriMo (pronounced shy-chee-bo-rye-mow). What's that you ask? It's Chicago Children’s Book Writing Month!  We are encouraging children and their families to participate by writing their own book together this month. It’s as easy as grabbing some crayons, markers, pencils and pens and putting your ideas on paper. It could be a…
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Are You Ready Teens? It’s NaNoWriMo Time!

Charge your laptop battery, create your perfect iTunes playlist and pin up those inspirational quotes because NaNoWriMo is here! This will be my first year participating, and I'm super pumped about it. Participants of National Novel Writing Month commit to writing 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30. For teens there is a special Young Writers Program and…
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National Punctuation Day

Get ready to celebrate the semicolon, appreciate the apostrophe and congratulate the comma. Why, you ask? Because September 24 is National Punctuation Day! (Yes, it's really a thing.) Where would we be without those heroic little marks telling us when to pause, stop or get really excited while we're reading and writing? All our words would be…
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Write? Right!

Just as babies babble before they can speak, young children can scribble and draw before they can write. Scribbling, drawing and writing are all important skills that will help children understand the connection between spoken and written letters and words when it's time for them to start learning to read. Try these books as a way…
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Women Writers to Admire: Anne Lamott

As a wannabe fiction writer, I've read endless pretentious writing manuals. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott shocked me by making me laugh. In fact, I LOLed. She's not only hilarious, but she strips the writing process of its mysticism. Like anyone else, she trudges through the forest of fiction writing without a magic formula. She graciously gives us permission to write…
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