Find resources for writers
Seattle Writes is a project to support local authors. It includes workshops on the craft of writing, drop-in writing groups, classes on publishing, and more.
Find more information to further your writing practice, from booklists that take you through the writing process to local non-profits offering programs and networking opportunities.
- Seattle Writes: Indie Publishing
A list of books, online resources and SPL podcasts on self publishing.
- Seattle Writes: Our Favorite Writing Books
A selection of recommended books on writing
- SELF-e: E-book publishing at the Library
The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Library Journal to offer the SELF-e public library e-book discovery service. SELF-e allows Seattle's self-published authors to submit their e-books for circulation at SPL and libraries throughout Washington. This is a great way to reach a wider reading audience and build buzz on your book.
Pressbooks is an online tool for creating high quality versions of your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and other formats. Use professionally-designed themes to format your book and add images, table of contents, footnotes, and more.
- Start Your Novel
These books are recommended by novelists Waverly Fitzgerald and Karen Finneyfrock, who each taught a two-hour "Start Your Novel" workshop as part of our Seattle Writes programming.
- Recommended Reading for Memoirists
The books on this list are recommended by Theo Pauline Nestor, author of "Writing Is My Drink." On this list you'll find craft books, memoirs, a few selections of poetry and autobiographical fiction, a few graphic novels, and at least two books that defy categorization.
- Video: Ebook Publishing Fundamentals - Library card required
Free course video (2 hours, 44 minutes) on creating ebooks, uploading them to major retailers, and marketing them on social media and other websites. Free access to Lynda.com with your Library card (then search for "self publishing").
- Eulalie and Carlo Scandiuzzi Writers' Room
A space for established writers to work and use the Library collection at the Central Library. Admission is by application.
- Local Writing Organizations
Non-profits and continuing education programs offering writing classes and networking opportunities.