National Novel Writing Month 2017

What is National Novel Writing Month?
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a 30-day writing challenge with participants all over the world! You can register on, track your word count, and compete with friends to hit 50,000 words by November 30th. It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing that encourages getting words on the page and turning off your self-editor (at least until December 1). The idea is to spend the month immersed in the act of writing for writing's sake and get your creative juices flowing. 
How does it work?
By registering for an account on the NaNoWriMo website, you have access to an international community of other writers. When you register, you will pick a home region, which will connect you with your local participants, events, and more. The library is just one of many participating locations, so check out for the full list.
Find details on how to sign up, track your writing, and connect with your fellow Charlotte-area Nanos here :
What events will you have at the library?
Matthews, Mint Hill, Hickory Grove and Mountain Island Library will have informal "Write-ins" in November. Come enjoy a quiet space and the company of your fellow writers as you work towards 50,000 words. Even if you're not participating in the official challenge, and just want some motivation to work on your own project: All are welcome!
Matthews, Mint Hill, Plaza Midwood, and Steele Creek will have additional special events, including 'Get Ready for Nano' events in October, and author events in November. Check our calendar for times and locations:
Special Events
NaNoWriMo 101 Plaza Midwood Library
Join us for an introduction to the National Novel Writing Month program and how you can get involved. Register here.
Saturday, October 14 at 11:30am
NaNoWriMo: Plots & Characters & Settings - Oh My! Plaza Midwood Library
Learn different writing techniques for plot, characters, and setting to help you write your novel this November! Register here.
Saturday, October 21 at 11:30am
What is National Novel Writing Month? Mint Hill Library
Come get pumped about NaNoWriMo and hear Sherry Rentschler, author and former NaNoWriMo area liaison, discuss what this is and how you can become a writer in your own time! Register here.
Monday, October 23 at 6pm
Write Like You Mean It! Main Library
Come join this creative writing group. From 10:00-11:30, explore writing together using prompts and exercises. Pens and paper provided. Writing group will be followed by a NaNoWriMo write-in from 11:30am-1pm. Register here.
Thursdays in November at 10am
NaNoWriMo: Get Writing! Steele Creek Library
Calling all aspiring novelists! Celebrate National Novel Writing Month with inspiration and tips on the writing and publishing process from local author Cheryl McCullough. Register here.
Saturday, November 11 at 11am
Q&A with Author A.J. Hartley Matthews Library
Join local bestselling author, A.J. Hartley, as he discusses how he perosnally wrangles a first draft and answers questions prepared from regioanl NaNoWriMo participants. There will also be a 10 minute Q&A at the end.
Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm (by the Fireplace)
  • Monday nights 6-7:30pm Mint Hill Library (except November 6)
  • Monday nights 6:30-8pm University City Regional Library
  • Tuesday nights 6-7:30pm Hickory Grove Library (except November 28)
  • Wednesday nights 5-7pm Matthews Library (except November 22)
  • Thursdays from 11:30am-1pm Main Library (except Thanksgiving)
  • Saturdays 2-4pm Mountain Island Library 
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