What is National Novel Writing Month?
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a 30-day writing challenge with participants across the world. You can register here, track your word count and compete with friends to hit 50,000 words by Nov. 30. 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 Dec. 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'll pick a home region, which will connect you with your local participants, events and more. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is just one of many participating locations.
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?
The Morrison, Plaza Midwood and Scaleybark branches will have informal "Write-ins" in November. Come enjoy a quiet space and the company of your fellow writers as you work toward 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 other branches 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.
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.
Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.
NaNoWriMo Kick-off Party Amelie's Bakery
Meet your fellow participants and get ready for the challenge that starts Nov. 1.
Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Beyond Our Beginnings: A Conversation on Place, Writing, and Community Main Library
North Carolina Arts Council Literature Fellows Patrice Gopo, Bryn Chancellor, Kathryn Schwille and Eric Smith share readings and conversation about place, community and writing. Register here.
Nov. 17 at 1 0a.m.
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.
Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.
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 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Morrison Library (except Nov. 21)
- Friday mornings 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Scaleybark Library (except Nov. 23 and 30)
- Saturday afternoons 2 p.m. to 4pm Plaza Midwood Library (except Nov. 3)
- Select evenings 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. University City Library (Nov. 8, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20)
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