November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an annual creative writing project that challenges you to write 50,000 words of a new novel over the course of the month of November.
Whether you've always been meaning to start a novel, or you've been kicking around an idea that you know would make a great story, or you used to write and haven't had time in ages...this could be a fun way to spark your imagination and unleash your inner bard. Best of all, you can tackle the challenge with friends to support and encourage you.
NaNoWriMo's website also gives you the chance to interact with other writers from across the world, and receive tips and advice from some of your favorite authors.
Even if you don't have the time to fully participate in a 50,000 word project, write-in sessions are a great way to put in a few hours of intensive writing in a group setting. Take on a short story, or just write an opening chapter!
These meetings are also a great chance to discuss your past experience, current progress or approach, ideas you've had, schedule write-in sessions, and anything else you need to help you succeed.
Please bring laptops and headphones (if you prefer to write to a soundtrack or want to block out noise). The write-ins will be a bit different than our usual monthly writers meetup. This is set up as time to productively write, so we ask that all attendees respect that others may not work effectively with loud conversation or distractions. We do still want the write-ins to be fun and supportive; we encourage anyone who wants to talk through writing issues or challenges to do so (if it's a longer or more in-depth conversation we can step into the main library or go to the coffee shop next door). Also, food and drinks are allowed in the library. We may also build in some time to relax and socialize into the time block, if everyone is comfortable with that.
Kingstowne Library is located on the back side of the strip mall (parallel to Telegraph Rd). We'll be meeting in the Kingstowne Meeting Room (we have the room until 5pm). There will be free wi-fi and power outlets available. There are also a number of great food options in the Landsdowne Center, including Greek/Italian, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, and American, if people want to grab food during or after.