NaNoWriMo at the Library

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The Lincolnwood Library celebrates National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November by helping writers come together, support each other, and, most importantly, write.

NaNoWriMo is an effort to help authors write that novel. The one  you keep putting off until tomorrow, or the story you have dreamed about but haven’t had the chance to write. NaNoWriMo challenges would-be authors to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Their website includes forums for support, prompts to keep writers inspired, badges to earn, and the chance to collaborate with other participants around the world.

Here in Lincolnwood, we have planned two NaNoWriMo events.

On Monday, November 2, at 7pm, the 2015 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project winner, Michael Alan Peck, will visit our library. He will tell us about his winning novel, The Commons, Book 1: The Journeyman, and inspire other authors to submit their own novels.

The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project is a local competition for writers to submit their self-published adult fiction through participating libraries for possible selection. The winner travels across the state giving author talks at libraries, book clubs, radio shows, and more. For more information, check out their website. Interested in submitting your work to be sponsored by the Lincolnwood Library? Fill out the application and then come in and talk to one of our librarians about your entry.

Our second NaNoWriMo event is Come Write In. Authors working on their novels can come to the library for some dedicated work time every Tuesday in November from 11am to 12pm. Meet other participants, write together, share prompts, and more! Registration is requested, but drop-ins are welcome.

We are also open to the public as an official Write In location (wheelchair accessible, Wi-Fi, power outlets, and outside drink permitted) during our regular open hours throughout the month. Working on your novel but can’t make it in for our group sessions? You can still come write at the library!

NaNoWriMo is a great way to get that book you’ve always wanted to write out of your brain and onto paper (or your computer), and Lincolnwood Library is a great place to get the creative juices flowing. Come write with us!