National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) provides the “structure, community, and encouragement” for a challenging and fun creative writing venture: during the month of November, participants aim to write a novel (50,000 words). That’s right – write a novel in a month! (You can edit it later.)
The library is pleased to support NaNoWriMo participants in Arlington. This year, we are hosting two events, both of which are open to teens and adults:
Ready, Set, Write! NaNoWriMo Planning Event & Kickoff, with writing instructor Lynette Benton
Monday, October 23, from 6-7pm, in the Robbins Library Community Room
If you’re interested in doing NaNoWriMo, it’s time to get planning! Come to our prep session with author and writing instructor Lynette Benton. She will help you prepare for the challenge (50,000 words in 30 days!), learn strategies for what to do (and what NOT to do), and discover resources that can help you. You will also learn about library resources, and you can pick up a free word count calendar and NaNoWriMo bookmark! Light refreshments provided.
Pencils Down! NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up
Tuesday, December 5, from 4-5pm, in the Robbins Library Community Room
If you gave NaNoWriMo a try, come share your experience with other participants! Whether you wrote a sentence, a chapter, or you accomplished the incredible 50,000-word goal, there is so much to discuss: what worked for you and what didn’t, what you learned, whether you’ll do it again next year, what you’d do differently, who was the best character you invented, what your best plot idea was, how your story changed as you wrote, what to do with your draft now….Come talk with other writers to relive the challenge and talk about the future! Light refreshments provided.
Between the planning and the recap, of course, comes the writing…and you’re welcome to “Come Write In” to the library anytime we’re open. Use your own laptop or check out one of ours; find quiet space on the second floor, group work space on the third floor, and wifi everywhere! You can also use our books about writing (in the 800s on the third floor), our databases for research, our history and travel books (900s, also on the third floor) if you’re writing historical fiction, and our librarians at the reference desk for any odd question that may pop up. We think NaNoWriMo is amazing, and if you’re giving it a try, we think you’re amazing too!