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 Nanowrimo.org
, 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 nanowrimo.org
for the full list.
What events will you have at the library?
Morrison, Plaza Midwood, and Scaleybark 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!
Main Library, Plaza Midwood, and others will have additional special events, including a 'Get Set Write: NaNoWriMo' event in October, and author events in November. Check our calendar for times and locations: www.cmlibrary.org/calendar
Get Set Write: NanoWriMo 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 27 at 1pm
NaNoWriMo Kick-off Party Amelie's Bakery
Meet your fellow participants and get ready for the challenge that starts November 1.
Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30pm
Finding an Agent & Publisher Main Library
Join author Jeff Jackson and Alan Michael Parker for a reading and discussion of the publishing process, including how to find an agent. Register here. Sunday, November 11 @ 2pm
Beyond Our Beginnings: A Conversation on Place, Writing, and Community Main Library
NC Arts Council Literature Fellows Patrice Gopo, Bryn Chancellor, Kathryn Schwille and Eric Smith share readings and conversation about place, community and writing. Register here.
Saturday, November 17 @ 10am
Publishing with Small Independent Presses Beatties Ford Library
Miriam Herin, local author of "Absolution" and "A Stone for Bread" will offer beginning and more seasoned writers how-to's for researching presses and preparing submissions, as well as how to maximize sales following publication. Register here.
Saturday, November 17 at 2pm
Any library can be a great place to work on your novel any time the library is open, but these locations do have coordinated events, where you can write alongside other writers:
- Wednesday nights 5:30pm-7:30pm Morrison Library (except November 21)
- Friday mornings 11am-1pm Scaleybark Library (except November 23 & 30)
- Saturday afternoons 2-4pm Plaza Midwood Library
- Select evenings 6-7:30pm University City Library (Thurs. Nov. 8, Tues. Nov. 13 & Nov. 20)
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