The Torrington Library
12 Daycoeton Place
Torrington, CT 06790
Phone: (860) 489-6684
The Writing Circle
Writing workshops at the Torrington Library are open to all skill levels. We encourage anyone with a love of words and writing to attend and try his or her hand at being creative.
If you have previously attended a workshop, submitted work to the poetry contest, or are on our mailing list, you are automatically part of the Writing Circle. The goal of the Circle is to introduce writers in the area to one another and create collaborative, learning environment.
Workshops are the primary meeting place for the members of the Writing Circle.
Workshops are designed to encourage writers to work on and hone their craft. It is a nurturing environment where ideas and thoughts are shared and hopefully growth is experienced.
A variety of workshops are offered at the Library free of charge.
Once again the Library will hold the Annual Poetry Writing Contest .
We look forward to seeing you at the Library and becoming a part of our Writers Circle.
Join the Writing Circle
Joining is easy--attend a workshop, submit work to our annual contests, or join our mailing list. It's that simple!
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Writers Circle, please email Jessica.
2nd Annual Summer Author Expo
during Main Street Marketplace!
Are you an author who would like the opportunity to showcase your work to thousands of people? Click here to find out more about our Summer Author Expo!
2013 Lecture Series
Take The Stage:
and their works
Thursday, May 2nd from 6:00-7:30
Registration begins April 15th
Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen is perhaps one of the most recognizable creators of the 19th Century. Writing such works as Ghosts, A Doll’s House, and Hedda Gablar, we will trace the life and writings of this masterful man.
Thursday, July 11th from 6:00-7:30
Registration begins June 14th
Playwright and screenwriter Lillian Hellman carved her path in a world full of men to become a leading figure in modern day theatre. She made her name in both literature and politics in a time where women were not highly involved in either. Join us as we look at the life and works of the woman who made famous The Children’s Hour and more.
Thursday, September 5th from 6:00-7:30
Registration begins August 15th
Perhaps one of the most recognizable female creators of our time, Nora Ephron has taken her place in literary history. Whether she was writing and directing a film, writing a play for the theatre, or tickling us with her abundant humor, Ephron will be remembered!
Thursday, November 7th from 6:00-7:30
Registration begins October 15th
American Playwright and Nobel laureate in literature, O’Neill brought a darker side to the theatre; a more introspective view of the human soul. Creating such works as A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Desire Under the Elms, Strange Interlude and more, O’Neill is highly recognizable and as interesting as the characters he created.
2013 Writing Workshop
Depths of Imagination: Writing Workshop
Thursday, April 4th from 6:00-7:45
Registration begins March 15th
What is imagination? How is it used? You will be challenged to explore these questions and find out just what makes you tick (or write) during this fun and entertaining workshop. You’ll be asked to create new, odd, and sometimes silly works, all with the hope of opening up your mind.
Copy Cat: Mimic Your Favorite Author
Thursday, June 6th from 6:00-7:45
Registration begins May 15th
During this one-of-a-kind workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to write in the style of your favorite authors. Be sure to bring a few examples of his or her work and by the end of the night you’ll have a piece that is sure to mimic the original. You’ll learn the style of your favorite writer, the technique the author uses to achieve this style!
Summer in the City: Writing Workshop
Thursday, August 1st from 6:00-7:45
Registration begins July 14th
Enjoy the vibrancy of downtown Torrington during this off-site writing workshop. We’ll explore the towns annual Main Street Marketplace, all the while stopping at key moments to write down observations and vignettes to use as inspiration for the future.
Writers Boo(t) Camp
Thurs., October 3rd from 6:00-7:45
Registration begins September 15th
Be prepared to be scared out of your wits! During this unique night, you will be asked to write a serious of scary, spooky, or down-right odd stories! Just in time for Halloween, this workshop will get your blood pumping and afraid of things that go bump in the night!
Easy as Pie: Writing Workshop
Thursday, December 5th from 6:00-7:45
Registration begins November 15th
With Christmas around the corner, this workshop will focus on writing about food. That’s right—so many of us have found or non-so-fond memories of creating a holiday meal, but we never think to write about it. During this workshop, we’ll use food as inspiration to create funny, touching, and memorable holiday stories.
Poems about Libraries
My First Memory (of Librarians) by Nikki Giovani
This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky
A line of green shades—bankers’ lights—down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply
For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big
In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided
To the left side the card catalogue
On the right newspapers draped over what looked like
a quilt rack
Magazines face out from the wall
The welcoming smile of my librarian
The anticipation in my heart
All those books—another world—just waiting
At my fingertips.
In the library by Charles Simic
There's a book called
"A Dictionary of Angels."
No one has opened it in fifty years,
I know, because when I did,
The covers creaked, the pages
Crumbled. There I discovered
The angels were once as plentiful
As species of flies.
The sky at dusk
Used to be thick with them.
You had to wave both arms
Just to keep them away.
Now the sun is shining
Through the tall windows.
The library is a quiet place.
Angels and gods huddled
In dark unopened books.
The great secret lies
On some shelf Miss Jones
Passes every day on her rounds.
She's very tall, so she keeps
Her head tipped as if listening.
The books are whispering.
I hear nothing, but she does.
The Libraries Didn't Burn by Elaine Equi
despite books kindled in electronic flames.
The locket of bookish love
still opens and shuts.
But its words have migrated
to a luminous elsewhere.
Neither completely oral nor written —
a somewhere in between.
Then will oak, willow,
birch, and olive poets return
to their digital tribes —
trees wander back to the forest?
Writing Circle Forum
By popular demand, the Writers Circle has implemented a writing forum. A 24-hour writing guide to connect you with other writers and workshop participants.
A Coffee Shop Chat
Fiction, Memoir, Poetry and Flash Fiction Forums
Writing Exercises and
An Idea Exchange
Click here to register for the forum and begin your writing exploration! Good luck and enjoy!
Bright Star: Check out this film about poet John Keats and his love affair with Fanny Brawne.
Contrariwise: A site for people to share their literary tattoos! So much fun and very creative, but don't get any ideas unless you 18 and older!
Favorite Poem Project: For poetry lovers; organized by Robert Pinsky
Free Verse Project : a visual depiction of poetry that anyone can create.
Litchfield County Writer's Project at UCONN: Writers unite and enjoy the UCONN Writer's Project.
Merlyn's Pen: Fiction, poetry and essays by American Teens
The Norton Anthology of English Literature: A great guide to famous works and the time in which they were created.
Paradise Lost Live Performance: Performed by John Bassinger.
Poets.org: From the Academy of American Poets, your guide to all things poetry.
Poetry Foundation: Guide to poets and poetry. Great online resource page with links to journals, blogs, contests, works and everything you can think of!
Sunken Garden Poetry: Since 1992, audiences have enjoyed verse and music among the fragrant blooms of Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden.
Welcome to the OWL at Purdue: Writing and Style Guides
Writer's Almanac: Receive a Poem-A-Day and hear the poem being read aloud.
WritersMarket: Your guide to the publishing world