In addition, ‘Come Write In’ Nov. 26
Robbins Library is celebrating writers in Arlington during November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with a “Meet the Author Event” with local author Anjali Mitter Duva on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2:30 pm.
NaNoWriMo launched in San Francisco in 1999 with a challenge to 21 aspiring novelists to write a 50,000-word manuscript between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30. Since then, NaNoWriMo has grown into an international creative-writing project.
NaNoWriMo brings writers together both physically and virtually and offers support, structure, and guidance for anyone who has ever thought about telling a story. Last year more than 400,000 writers worldwide participated in NaNoWriMo.
“We are excited to be a participating NaNoWriMo library,” says library assistant director Anna Litten in an Oct. 19 news release.
In addition to the author event, Robbins Library is also a registered site for a “Come Write In” event on Monday, Nov. 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
At the “Write In” experienced and aspiring writers are invited to work on word count and connect with other writers. “The library is an ‘Idea Center’ for Arlington,” adds Litten. “Writers are always using library resources for research and inspiration, as well as free space and Wi-Fi. The Meet the Author event with Anjali, author of Faint Promise of Rain, is a great way to offer less established writers some nuts-and-bolts advice as well as a dose of encouragement during NaNoWriMo.”
Library staff wanted to support NaNoWriMo participants with chances to learn as well as add to their word counts. As a co-sponsor of the Arlington Author Salon, the library works with many local published writers and a Meet the Author event is a way to bring together published writers in Arlington with writers who are still looking to finish a book and find a publisher.
“Arlington has a thriving creative community and I feel lucky to be a part of it,” says Anjali Mitter Duva. “I have benefited tremendously from the advice, encouragement, and generosity of more established writers over the course of my career, and it’s my pleasure to do what I can to support others around me, and to help make connections and share resources within our community. Doing so through a library program that is already drawing in readers and writers is a natural way to do it.”
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Questions can be directed to the Robbins Library Reference Desk at 781-316-3233 or arlmail02 at minlib.net