Category Archives: Writing

Library Offers Sweet Topic Guides

Looking to do some research for your criminal justice or history class? Or maybe you have a paper to write for your English class? Don’t fret because the Brown Library has developed a handy set of topic guides which covers a wide range of subjects.

  1. First, head on over to our Topic Guides homepage.Screen shot of Topic Guides webpage
  2. Then, choose your subject. Writing a paper on Alice in Wonderland or Walt Whitman? Got it. Want to find out more about our science and engineering databases? Got it.
  3. Once you’ve chosen which subject interests you, the related Topic Guide will point you to the books, periodicals, and specific databases which will best supply the information you need.
  4. Takes notes, record your citations, and get to work on those papers and projects!

And don’t forget——you can always come visit your friendly library staff if you have any questions!

Ruff Writers Get Creative

Interested in getting constructive feedback on your creative work? Doing fun writing activities and getting assistance putting together a portfolio? How about possibly travelling to see published authors read from their work or give advice on how to navigate the publication process?

If any or all of this sounds good to you, then come on over to Brown Library and join the Ruff Writers, Virginia Western’s own creative writing club!  Meetings are held

  • Tuesdays from 2pm-3pm
  • Fridays from 3pm-4pm

in room B215, on the top floor of the library. (Come to one or both, whichever works best for you and your schedule!)

 For questions or to get in touch with the club, send an email to, or contact the club advisor, Kalyca Schultz at

NaNoWriMo, Anyone?

This November is the Tenth Annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and the Roanoke Public Libraries have issued a challenge to Roanokers——to write a 50,000 word novel in a month! You heard that right!

To help feed your creative fires, check out these books on creative writing available in the Brown Library:

  • Le Guin, Ursula K. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew. Call number PN212.L44 1998
  • Prose, Francine. Reading Like a Writer: A guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them. Call number PE1408.P774 2006
  • Hughes, Riley. How to Write Creatively. Call number LB1631.H83
  • Hogrefe, Pearl. The Process of Creative Writing. Call number PN145.H55 
  • Garrison, Roger H. A Creative Approach to Writing. Call number PN145.G36
  • Chinn, Mike. Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel: Everything You Need to Know to Create Great Graphic Works. Call number PN6710.C45 2004

LOCAL EVENT: The Roanoke Public Libraries are offering a series of free Write-Ins to all Writers. There’s also the possibility of having your book professionally printed and shelved in the Roanoke library’s stacks! For more information, check out the library’s informational page on NaNoWriMo.