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Program Spotlight: Fanfiction Club

New year, new programs! In 2018, the teen services department will be adding new regular programming for anyone in 6th grade to 12th grade, as well as continuing the programs that our teens have enjoyed over the past year. As we count down to the New Year, we’ll be highlighting these new programs with our Program Spotlight.

Today, let’s discuss our latest literary inclusion: Fanfiction Club.

Fanfiction Club

What is it?

If you haven’t heard of it, fanfiction (often shortened to “fanfic”) is a form of creative writing based on an existing property, like Star Wars or Harry Potter or Steven Universe. It can come in many forms and can focus on a variety of things, from telling new stories about the main characters, to fleshing out background characters, to coming up with completely original characters and stories set in the same universe. At Fanfiction Club, you’ll have the chance to work on your fanfics with a group of like-minded people, share what you’ve created, and seek out constructive feedback.

What can I write?

Whatever you want! Maybe you want to write a short story about your favorite television show, or a new novel that picks up where a book series you enjoyed left off. You can also write poetry, scripts, or anything else you can imagine, inspired by your favorite fandoms.

Does it have to be written?

The club will be focused on the written word, but if you have fan art or music you want to create and share, feel free to join us.

Can I work on original fiction?

Absolutely, if you’re comfortable doing so. But for a lot of people, fanfiction represents a low-stress alternative to trying to think up an entirely original world and characters.

When do they meet?

All right, bear with us a moment, because these meetings aren’t regular yet. They’re currently on these Tuesdays, starting at around 2:15 PM:

  • January 23rd
  • February 13th
  • March 13th
  • March 27th

Once we’re in April, we’ll be settling into meetings twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Why so long between meetings? So you can write stuff in between to bring and share, obviously! Also, take note that this program—like almost all the others—won’t meet if the Hudson schools are closed.

But I don’t like writing that much.

Hey, it’s not for everyone. We’ve already talked about other opportunities to do things at the library, such as playing video games or playing board games, but there’s still more coming. Stop by tomorrow and learn how you can help the library directly, and even earn some community service hours while you do it.

There are also teen services calendars available at the Rodgers Memorial Library that show our schedule of programs from January to June. It includes both our regular programs as well as special one-time events. Be sure to pick one up the next time you’re visiting!

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RML's teen services librarian since October 2017.

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