KnoxWrites Overview

After the Labor Day holiday, the Public Library will launch KnoxWrites, a creative writing workshop for adults. The fall KnoxWrites sessions will explore the craft of writing fiction: storytelling, plot, character development, and style.  In the spring sessions, KnoxWrites participants will focus on writing memoir and creative nonfiction. 

KnoxWrites offers community members a forum to generate new writing each week. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to get feedback on work-in-progress from peers.   Knox-Writes is designed for aspiring writers of all backgrounds and interests. This library program invites writers of all levels and abilities, from absolute beginners to self-published authors, and writers with multiple publication credits and full-length books. 

KnoxWrites is part of the new Literary and Writing Program at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.  On Saturday, Nov. 23rd Knox Writes will pair up with participants in the Teen Writing Program to celebrate local writing in a public reading called “Pages on Stages.” The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

KnoxWrites workshops are open to all writers age 20 and older.  KnoxWrites Fiction Workshop begin September 12 and continue through November 21. Two sessions of the KnoxWrites program will be offered each week: Tuesdays from 7:00pm-8:30pm, and Thursdays from 11:30am-1:00pm. Dates for the spring KnoxWrites workshop will be announced in December, 2019.

KnoxWrites FAQ.

What is a writing workshop?

Writing workshop is a safe, welcoming environment in which a writer receives feedback for her/his work from a group of peers. Trust is key, and relationships are important in this class setting. Because writing workshop deals with work-in-progress, manuscripts and conversations about the work should be kept confidential, out of respect for the developmental nature of each author’s work.

How does the KnoxWrites workshop work?

For the first few weeks, we’ll talk about “the basics” of writing fiction: plot, conflict, character, point of view, language, dialogue. Then, you’ll complete a writing exercise (or write something of your choice) and share it with peers in class.

In October, we’ll begin “workshopping” your writing. Once workshop starts, our format changes a little. We’ll start each week with a short reading and then complete a writing exercise-- that usually takes about 30 minutes. Each week, two participants will pass out copies of their work for the group to read. The following week, we’ll discuss them.

I’ve never written anything. Can I still come to the workshop?

Absolutely! You can come to KnoxWrites whether you have a best-selling novel or have never written anything. KnoxWrites is a generative workshop-- in other words, we write something new every week. 

Do I need to come to both weekly KnoxWrites meetings?

No. KnoxWrites meets twice a week-- Tuesday evenings, and during lunch hour on Thursday-- to accommodate patron’s schedules. Not everyone works 9-5, and so the Library wanted to make sure that everyone who wants to participate can attend KnoxWrites.

Do I have to attend all sessions to workshop my work?

No, but you do need to participate in at least three KnoxWrites sessions before you can sign up for a workshop time. Workshop depends on community-- it isn’t fair for writers to receive feedback from the group without offering feedback to peers, in return.

How will workshop benefit me as a writer?

Writing workshops consist of people who share a love of reading and writing; you grow as both a writer, and a reader, by considering the strengths and areas for development in your own writing and offering your thoughts on the strengths and areas for development in the works of your peers in class. Workshop offers participants a chance to get feedback on their work to assist with the revision process.

Can I workshop my novel?

Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough time for us to workshop long-form projects in the weekly meetings. KnoxWrites workshop projects have a 20-page limit. However, You can also come to the Mount Vernon Public Library’s Walk-In Writing Clinic, and we’ll  help you find resources to assist you in your writing process.

Will KnoxWrites help me get published?

Not necessarily. But you can come to the Mount Vernon Public Library’s Walk-In Writing Clinic, and we’ll  help you find resources to assist you in publishing your work.

What can I write in this class?

This class is open to any fiction writing, with just a few content restrictions-- great writing is often transgressive, but we will not workshop content that contains hate speech or erotica. Appropriateness of workshop content is fully at the Library Staff’s discretion.

Past dates

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  • Starting Tuesday, September 17th, 2019, repeated every week on Tuesday until Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Starting Thursday, September 12th, 2019, repeated every week on Thursday until Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

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Mount Vernon, OH 43050


Jamie Lyn Smith-Fletcher