September is Readers and Writers month at Rockdale Library and we have a host of activities lined up to cover all your literary needs.

For the creative types we have a series of author talks and workshops to get you inspired and writing your magnum opus.

To help get your juices following with some inspiration from published authors we have an Author Talk with Dianne Blacklock, Ber Carroll and Lian Moriarty on Tuesday 6 September. All three will share their writing lives and processes, their paths to publication and their books.

After a bit of inspiration we start looking at the process of getting your ideas on paper. On Wednesday 14 and 21 September we have the two part Creating an Outline for Your Novel. With National Novel Writing Month coming up in November it has never been a better time to prepare. Writing a book can be both an exciting and frustrating experience. But your best chance of success comes from first creating a detailed outline of what your story is about. Over the course of two sessions, you’ll be given tips and techniques to help ensure you’ve answered all the questions you need to before you start writing your manuscript. No previous writing experience is required and handouts are included.

Or maybe your more a poet who wants their voice to be heard? Then why not give Slam Poetry a try with the Rockdale Library Poetry Slam Heat on Saturday 24 September. Speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing your original poetry, stories, lyrics or monologues in the new Rockdale Library on Saturday 24 September 2016. Register at 1.30pm on the day to perform, and the heats start at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to have a try – all you need is your voice and an original work. And you have two minutes to impress. In this fun and exciting event the audience is the judge.
Hosting this event is Philip Wilcox, the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion and two-time NSW Poetry Slam Champion. Two finalists from the day will perform at a regional final or the NSW final during mid-October. Then two spoken wordsmiths from each state and territory will head to the National Final in Sydney.

Maybe your more of a reader, wanting to hear all kinds of stories and share your thoughts about them.

On Wednesday 28 September Carmel Bird talks to Linda Funnel, from Newtown Review of Books, about her writing and her new book, Family Skeleton, a dark comedy chronicling the opulent O’Day family of O’Day Funerals. The tale traces their murky history as it begins to unravel with the death of patriarch Edmund Rice O’Day and the visit of a morbidly curious distant American relative.

We also have many book groups that run throughout the year at the library. In September there is the 1st Wednesday book group which will meet on Wednesday 7 September at 10.30 and discuss Five People you Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. We also host the Rockdale Readers Book Group, who will meet on Friday 16 September at 5.30pm to discuss Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. If you’re interested in joining a book group contact Natalie on 9562 1824.