Upcoming Events in May

May brings flowers, along with fun literary events! If you’re looking for something to do this month, here are some upcoming literary events* that may pique your interest!

  • May 2, 2024 Front Porch Reading Series with Journalist Mary Jane Skala
    Kearney Public Library, 2020 First Ave, Platte Room
    Kearney, NE, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
    Award-winning journalist Mary Jane Skala has written a weekly column for the Kearney Hub for more than a decade. She will share highlights of her columns and talk about the role of a personal columnist during this presentation.
  • May 3, 2024 First Friday Book Talk & Reading with Katherine Higgs-Coulthard
    , 12:00 pm
    Katherine Higgs-Coulthard is a graduate of University of Nebraska at Omaha and the author of “Junkyard Dogs,” join for a First Friday Book Talk.
  • May 4, 2024 Getting to Know Your Characters through Passion, Purpose, and Place
    , 9:00 – 11:00 am
    What keeps a reader in the story? In this workshop session, Katherine Higgs-Coulthard will share strategies for creating well-developed characters. Infusing characters with passion, purpose and place will pull readers into the story and make them care about what happens to the characters.
  • May 4, 2024 Write On! Writers’ Workshop
    AV Sorensen Community Center, 4808 Cass St.
    Omaha, NE, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
    Taught by Heidi Hermanson, published author and recipient of the 2021 Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Generate new writing, improve your skills, learn new techniques, and meet other writers!
  • May 6, 2024 All Writes Reserved – Finals
    Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.
    Omaha, NE, 7:00 pm
    All Writes Reserved is an annual youth spoken word festival and competition featuring schools from all over Nebraska and the Great Plains. (Postponed from 4/30 due to weather)
  • May 7th, 2024 J.V. Brummels Poetry Reading and Discussion
    , 6:30 – 7:30 pm
    Poet, novelist, short-story writer, editor, and rancher J.V. Brummels has received many awards for his many works. Listen as he talks about his journey.
  • May 11, 2024 Larksong Spring Festival
    Larksong Writers Place, 1600 N. Cotner Blvd.
    Lincoln, NE, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Enjoy readings by well-known and local writers, music performances, writing sprints, and open writes using antique typewriters. Hundreds of used books for sale – name your own price.Guest readers and performers include Mary Pipher, Twyla Hansen, Pam & Randy Barker, Dorothy Ramsey, and Serenity Dougherty. BaBa’s Food Truck from 11:00 to 2:00. Bakery goods from Gratitude Bakery on sale. Free Will Donations accepted as part of Give to Lincoln Day Celebration.
  • May 14, 2024 Serenity Dougherty, “I Write Comedy—And You Can Too!”
    , 6:00 – 7:30 pmIf you’ve always wanted to try humor writing or even if you’re just looking to try something new, this workshop will provide the crash course you need to get started.
  • May 21, 2024 Imaginary Gardens Reading
    Mister Toad’s, 1002 Howard St.
    Omaha, NE, 7:00 pm
    Join us for poetry and conversation! Hosted by Michael Skau, with Nebraska authors Barbara Schmitz and William Trowbridge.

Check out the NCB Calendar to stay up to date on upcoming literary events happening near you!

*The time, date, and location of these events are subject to change.
Some of this month’s events, workshops, or conferences may require registration or charge a fee.

Feel free to contact us if you have an event that you would like to be featured.

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