National Novel Writing Month
Join us for our fourth NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This November, people all over the world will attempt to write a 50,000-word novel by midnight, November 30. Participants sign up by creating free accounts at www.nanowrimo.org, the official site for National Novel Writing Month. There they can post their daily (or hourly, or second-by-second) word counts, display samples of their writing, or discuss their progress and even arrange local write-in events with other writers on the site forums.
If you are planning to write a novel this November or any other time, we invite you to write it here at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library. We offer air, light, chairs, tables, computers, wireless internet, outlets and jacks (for laptops), books about writing, friendly reference staff who can try to help you with burning questions like "Can a nine-year-old fit down a badger hole?" and much more.
- Saturday Write-Ins
Come meet your local fellow novelists! Meet up for all-day write-ins at the library,
- Saturday, November 3rd, 10:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Saturday, November 10th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Saturday, November 17th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Saturday, November 24th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Story Writing Contest (Kids Are Writers Too!)
1st through 6th graders are welcome to submit stories for a special story writing contest in November. Submit by Friday, November 30th and win a prize! Click here for guidelines and other information.
Are there other days or times when you would particularly like to meet other people for a write-in? Email or contact Sarah at 978-468-5577, or visit the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library thread at the official North Shore Nanowrimo forum (anyone can read it, but you must be logged in to post.)
If you are participating in National Novel Writing Month for the first time, the best way to start is by visiting the web site and creating a free account. If you would like to communicate with fellow writers, your next stop is the NaNoWriMo forums. These forums are available year-round, but all old threads and postings are wiped clean on the first of October as people prepare for the intensive writing in November.
Forums include the Genre Lounges, Resources and Writing Support, and many other groups. (There is even a NaNo Rebels forum for those using November to write something like a memoir, script or non-fiction book instead!) At the bottom you will find the Regional Lounges, where you can hook up with authors from your local area.
Here are a few short cuts for Massachusetts participants:
United States :: Massachusetts :: 5-College
United States :: Massachusetts :: Berkshires
United States :: Massachusetts :: Boston
United States :: Massachusetts :: Cape Cod
United States :: Massachusetts :: Elsewhere
United States :: Massachusetts :: Lowell and Merrimack Valley
United States :: Massachusetts :: Metrowest
United States :: Massachusetts :: Milford/Bellingham/Franklin
United States :: Massachusetts :: Norfolk/Bristol Counties
United States :: Massachusetts :: North Shore
United States :: Massachusetts :: Plymouth
United States :: Massachusetts :: Southbridge/Sturbridge
United States :: Massachusetts :: Western Mass
United States :: Massachusetts :: Worcester
Want to avoid your novel while still doing something novellish and cool? Here are some other writing and book-related events at our library.
- 50 Book Challenge
Hamilton-Wenham Library invites everyone to read 50 books this year. Do you know which books you've read? It's not too late to join! Click here to find out more, and get your reading log today.
- World of Wizarding is a Harry Potter Happening designed for grades 3 - 5. There will be one happening during NaNoWriMo, on November 7th. Click here for more information.
- League of Superheroes is a new superhero themed program for children grades K-2. There will be one league meeting during NaNoWriMo, on November 14th. Click here for more information.
- You so do not have time for this, but our library hosts three Reading Groups, meeting monthly. November is no exception.
These are just a few of the many books on writing available from the Hamilton-Wenham Library. If you are looking at this list during or immediately before the month of November, many of these books will be checked out, but feel free to call 978-468-5577 and ask if the title you want is actually available (it may just be checked out to a display!) We can also bring books in from other libraries.
It's true, some NaNoWriMo novels have been published. Click here for a growing list of published authors. Below are some NaNoWriMo novels that our library actually owns. Check them out, and see what you think of the results!
|Persistence of Memory
Bodeen, S. A.
Also available as an audio playaway:
Y Playaway BODEEN
|The Hungry Season
|Water for Elephants
Also available in large print:
LP/ Fic. GRUEN
and on audio CD:
|The Night Circus
Also available in large print:
LP/ Fic. MORGENSTERN
and on audio CD:
|Into the Darkest Corner
|Anna and the French Kiss
|Time Off for Good Behavior
Rich, Lani Diane
|Daughter of the Bride
|The Mote in Andrea's Eye
Wilson, David Niall