Come Write In … And Write Your Novel In November!

National Novel Writing Month officially begins with a kick-off party at 6 p.m., Nov. 1, upstairs at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos County Library System is hosting the NaNoWriMo program (short for National Novel Writing Month) in November, joining libraries around the world to support and stimulate writers.

Writers will be encouraged to write a 50,000 word novel during the month – but all writers are welcome to attend, whether their writing takes the form of a novel or something shorter.

The writing officially begins with a kick-off party at 6 p.m., Nov. 1, upstairs at Mesa Public Library. Writing sessions will be held beginning at 6 p.m. each Tuesday. Library staff will provide resources, inspiration and writing prompts at the beginning of each session, followed by lots of quiet time to just sit and write. Nov. 1 and 8 sessions will be held at Mesa, with the following three sessions (Nov. 15, 22 and 29) and a wrap-up party Nov. 30 at the White Rock Branch.

“Our goal is to provide a supportive community for writers,” White Rock Branch Manager Veronica Encinas said. Encinas is an experienced creative writing teacher who will lead the writing sessions in November. She has presented the program twice before with great success. “NaNoWriMo is a fun, seat of the pants approach to creative writing.”

In 2015, there were 431,626 participants in NaNoWriMo. The Come Write In program was featured in 1,012 libraries, bookstores and community centers 

More than 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder.

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