by Laura Damon-Moore
With summer at an end and students and teachers headed back to school, now seems like a great time to start thinking about November, and, you guessed it – National Novel Writing Month! NaNoWriMo, as it’s also known, is a worldwide creative writing program organized by the non-profit Office of Letters and Light. The idea is pretty straightforward: the goal is to write a novel of 50,000 words in thirty days. Daunting? Perhaps. But registering with NaNoWriMo gives writers a built-in network of cheerleaders and like-minded folks around the world.
Librarians: NaNoWriMo relies on community partners all over the world to help Wrimos have a pleasant experience during these “thirty days and nights of literary abandon.” Libraries are vital partners for this program! How can your library get involved? The most direct way is with the NaNoWriMo Come Write In: Libraries program. This is a part-outreach, part-proactive program that asks libraries to host “write ins” throughout the month of November – on a schedule that works with your library’s space and programming calendar.
Check out this insanely helpful outreach guide for libraries.
Note: the Come Write In program expands this year to include independent bookstores!
Writers: We’re pleased to once again be partnering with the good people at the Office of Letters and Light to bring you a series of posts designed for Wrimos. You will not be surprised to hear that we’ll focus on ways to use your local library for NaNoWriMo, whether it’s to prepare for November, during NaNoWriMo itself, or after your last word count is recorded. Our series kicks off in mid-October and goes through November.
Pssst! Did your library host NaNoWriMo-related programs like the Come Write In program last year? Writers, did you work on your NaNoWriMo novel in your local library last year? We’d love to hear your tips, ideas, and stories. Post a comment and tell us your NaNoWriMo + library story.Pin It