Attention Writers! New Writers Center at Scarsdale Public Library

The Scarsdale Public Library is seeking writers from the community to help develop the brand new Writers Center, a group that will support and promote Scarsdale writers.

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Elizabeth Bermel, director of the Scarsdale Library, said the Writers Center will both benefit local writers and reinforce the library’s commitment to the cultural and intellectual life of the community. “We are so lucky to have a wealth of talented writers working in all disciplines in this town, from journalism to fiction to children’s books and even playwriting,” she said. “The Library as an institution celebrates and embraces the world of books, magazines, and digital media. We want to support the work our local writers do, and we think the establishment of a writers group is a great step in this direction.”

The Scarsdale Writers Center is the latest in a series of partnerships the Library has forged with different community groups. Currently the library has a Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and also works closely with the Adult School, Scarsdale’s seniors, C.H.I.L.D., and others.

“The activities at the Writers Center will grow and develop based on feedback from its members,” said Barbara Josselsohn, president of the Scarsdale Library Board of Trustees. Possibilities for the time being include regular readings by Scarsdale writers of new works or works-in-progress; critique groups for new or experienced writers; panels or speakers focused on career building and professional advice; forums for Scarsdale High School students interested in pursuing a career in writing; and recommendations of equipment, databases, programs, or other resources the library might obtain that could benefit writers and the wider group of patrons who freelance or work at home.

Both professional writers and those who write just for fun are encouraged to come to one of the first two meetings in the Scott Room at the library. The first meeting will be on April 9th from 9:15-10:15am, and the second on April 11th from 7-8pm.

Please contact Elizabeth Bermel ebermel@wlsmail.org with questions or to receive additional information.

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