November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. This is a nationwide challenge for writers to write 50,000 words in the month of November. That’s 1,667 words per day, so let’s get started! See below for several events St. Mary’s County Library is hosting to help you finish your novel.
Since 2006, many novels first drafted during NaNoWriMo have been published. Check one out today!
Ready to start? Sign up at nanowrimo.org!
Looking for some writing help? Check out these resources, available at the library!
NaNoWriMo Kickoff with Writing Workshop by Angela Harris
Lexington Park Library, Saturday, November 2, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Please register for the NaNoWriMo Kickoff.
Kick off National Novel Writing Month with us and get that book that’s inside you on the page. Bring your laptop, notebook or flash drive. We will provide light refreshments.
Local Author Angela Harris will be presenting “It’s in the Bag.” This interactive and entertaining workshop will help fellow writers learn how to overcome writers’ block. They will be taught a method called “Throwing up on the page.” They will construct a group poem using this method, followed by a round table event. Attendees are asked to bring one short selection* that will be shared with the group during the round table session for positive feedback.
*Please limit your selection to 3 minutes or less to allow everyone a chance to read.
Angela Denise Harris resides in Bowie, Maryland. Her love for writing began at a very early age. Harris would share her short stories and poems with her friends and family. Years later her love her writing would be rekindled when she enrolled in an online creative writing course at Danville Community College in Danville VA. With encouragement from her professor, Harris self-published her first book Night Light, which she turned into an interactive play. Harris has written two other books Tabby’s Great Adventure and Rusty’s Grand Slam. She is currently working on a fourth, Timmy Turtle and The Giant Tooth Brush. Harris also turned Rusty’s Grand Slam into a play that deals with the topic of bullying. When asked why she writes, Harris stated, “It’s therapeutic and it opens the door for her to encourage other people to write their stories.”
NaNoWriMo Come Write Ins
Lexington Park Library
Wednesdays in November (except Nov. 27), 4 p.m.
Sundays in November, 1 p.m.
In the NaNo Lounge you’ll find dedicated space to write and workshop your stories with friends. Try to reach that 50,000 word count by the end of the month. Bring your dinner, snacks and your notebook or laptop and join us for some write-ins. Enjoy free Wi-Fi and a collaborative atmosphere.
Author Fair 2020
St. Mary’s County Library invites local authors to participate in our Author Fair to be held Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library. This event will provide authors with an opportunity to promote, sell, and sign copies of their work, whether it is fiction, non-fiction, adult, young adult, or children’s. Self-published authors are welcome and encouraged. Author applications open November 1! See more information and submit your application to be a part of Author Fair 2020!