NaNoWriMo @ your library
Megan McFarlane | October 23, 2012
Many aspiring novelists are brainstorming and charging their laptops in preparation for visiting your library during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a creative writing project whose goal is to get people of all ages to try to write a novel of 50,000 words by the end of November. Many libraries across the country will be acting as Come Write In points for NaNoWriMo participants, offering a welcoming environment for people as they work on their novels. Below are just a few examples of how libraries are inviting people to Come Write In throughout the month of November.
The Fremont Branch of the Alameda County (Calif.) Public Library will host a variety of programs geared toward young writers with its NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Project @ your library. Programs will include classes on how to write a novel; a kick-off party called Ready, Set, Write; and a celebration at the conclusion that will talk about next steps in the writing process.
The Huntsville-Madison (Ala.) County Public Library will host several events to provide support and encouragement to writers. Events kicked off with a pre-NaNaWriMo Plot Party on October 18, during which participants focused on ways to kick start the fundamentals of their novel’s plot: characters, themes, scenes and settings. The library will also have special Write In hours throughout the month.
The Darien (Ill.) Public Library will host a kick-off party and novel writing workshop with a local author to inspire and encourage NaNoWriMo writers as they begin their novels.
To prepare writers of multiple genres, the Greenwood (Ind.) Public Library will feature writers’ workshops with local authors in the areas of mystery, fiction, children’s, and young adult writing. Each program will be held during the month of October to provide NaNoWriMo participants tips and help brainstorm ideas be for the big event.
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Megan McFarlane is Campaign Coordinator for the Campaign for America’s Libraries with the American Library Association Public Information Office.