Rural Libraries Tour: Writing and Poetry Workshops

We are proud to partner with Poets & Writers, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers, to present poetry and writing workshops on the Rural Libraries Tour.  In 2020, 14 Rural Libraries Tour writing workshops will be held in rural locations throughout California. The participating libraries, dates, times, coordinators, and writers are listed below under 2020 Participating Libraries.

Poets & Writers provides the experienced writers who host the workshops free of charge to the public. These two-hour writing workshops can focus on writing fiction, poetry, and/or memoir. Each writer brings their own experience and expertise to the workshop in a unique and engaging way.

Each participating library will receive from California Center for the Book and Poets & Writers:

Participating libraries agree to:

  • Attend the Orientation Zoom meeting (see below)
  • Collaborate with at least one community partner (see toolkit for ideas)
  • Ensure community surveys, program data, and final reporting are completed
  • Actively share best practices with fellow librarians and program staff

2020 Rural Libraries Tour Timeline

  • August 2, 2019 – Applications Open – Use this planning doc
  • August 30, 2019 – Applications Due
  • September 6, 2019 – Program notifications made
  • October 2, 2019, 10AM -11AM  –  Orientation Zoom meeting (required)
  • November 15, 2019 – Final Date/Time/Partner Info Due
  • January 2020 – Summer 2020  – Programs take place
  • UPDATE MARCH 2020 DUE TO COVID-19: Programs, Community Surveys and Library Reports – Due August 31, 2020

Rural Libraries Tour Toolkit

Start with the Rural Libraries Toolkit for writer bios, partnership ideas, resources, templates, and examples of past Rural Libraries Tour writing workshops.

2020 Participating Libraries

Library System Program Coordinator
El Dorado County Library – Georgetown Branch Sharai Smith
Imperial Public Library Ember Haller
Kern County Library – Delano Branch Library Sherry Wade
Mariposa County Library Karen Dusek
Mendocino County Library – Round Valley Branch Josh Bennett
Mono County Library System – Coleville Library Christopher Platt
Monterey County Free Libraries – Soledad Library Sarah Hoeffel
Nevada County Community Library Megan Lloyd
Riverside County Library System – Coachella Library Veronica Evans
San Diego County Library – Alpine Branch Jenne Bergstrom
Watsonville Public Library Dolores Wiemers
Shasta Public Libraries – Redding Library Brad Shackleford
Solano County Library – Rio Vista Library Kevin Tolley
Tulare County Library System – Exeter Branch Library Veronica Casanova

IMLS and Statewide Aligned Program Goals & Outcomes

Outcome 2b: Californians discover and participate in learning opportunities at the library