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Writers' Workshop @ Los Altos Neighborhood Library


“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” –Flannery O’Connor

There are probably as many reasons people write as there are writers. And writing is generally an art and craft one practices alone. One escape from that solitude, though, is the writing workshop. 

One year ago the Los Altos Library Writers’ Workshop was established. Since then over forty writing samples have been constructively critiqued and discussed with intelligence, thoughtfulness, encouragement, and humor. Participants have submitted short story and novel excerpts, historical fiction and nonfiction, memoir, children’s book excerpts, even pages from screenplay drafts. 

The workshop is facilitated by Erica Lansdown (who is also the supervising librarian of the Los Altos Library). A long time student in Jim Krusoe’s Advanced Writing Workshop at Santa Monica College, she attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers several years and was hand selected by Richard Bausch for his Chapman Community Workshop. Her story Firefly appeared in the spring 2019 issue of the Santa Monica Review. 

The Writers' Workshop meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 4:30 – 6:00PM. Writers of all levels and genres are welcome to attend with no registration necessary. Typically two 2-page manuscripts are read and critiqued each meeting. 

Whether ideas you’d like to flesh out are just beginning to percolate or you have a manuscript you’ve been developing for years, join us! Your community awaits.

Visit the Los Altos Neighborhood Library
5614 Britton Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90815

Branch Hours
Mon Closed
Tue 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wed 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thu 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun Closed

Each month LBPL's website will feature a different neighborhood library and the unique history, programs, and services the branch provides to the surrounding community. Stay tuned for more exciting features!