Woman working on materialWriter to Writer is an annual writing contest for adult learners enrolled in California Library Literacy Services.

Participating learners read a book of their choice and write a personal letter to the author about how the book has affected them. Learners may listen to a book and dictate a letter to their tutor for submission. No book is too easy to be the subject of a letter.

Writer to Writer gives adult learners the opportunity to write, to express their voice in a safe and trusted environment, and to achieve many of the goals in the Roles and Goals framework.

How to Participate

Writer to Writer is coordinated by the Literacy Initiatives project in 2023-2024 and runs from September 2023 to February 2024. Entries are due by February 15, 2024, and must be submitted through a library literacy program.

Learners can enter Writer to Writer in one of four categories: Emerging, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Writer. A panel of library literacy coordinators and adult learners judges the entries and selects one winner and two runners-up in each category. Every entrant receives a certificate of participation. The winning and runner-up letters are compiled into a publication.

We encourage all library literacy networks to support Writer to Writer for learners in their member libraries. If you have any questions, please reach out to the project coordinator.

Writer to Writer 2023-2024 Resources