November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and we have the perfect workshops for you.
If you’re a writer or aspiring to become one, NaNoWriMo is a great place to get your story flowing with the month-long challenge to write a 50,000-word manuscript. We want to help you succeed in your writing goals, so we’ve put together a series of writing workshops meeting on Saturdays beginning at 10 am at Haggard Library. Each workshop is followed-up with dedicated writing time and space at the library from 11 am – 12 pm.
During our next workshop on November 16 – Let’s Write Captivating Dialogue – you’ll learn about the function and structure of dialogue, using subtext, get tips and tricks to writing compelling mixing speech and narrative.
If you’re looking for some reading material on how to write a novel, check out these titles from our catalog. You can see our full NaNoWriMo inspiration reading list here:
- The Aspiring Screenwriter’s Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune by Andy Rose (2018)
- The Story Cure: a Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir by Dinty Moore (2017)
- From the Errors of Others: How to Avoid Embarrassing Mistakes in Writing and Speaking by Rebecca Lyles (2016)
- Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel by Lisa Cron (2016)
- Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish: a Guidebook for the Journey by Joseph Bates (2015)
- The Sense of Style: the Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker (2014)
- Writing Dialogue by Tom Chiarella (1998)
- Dialogue: a Socratic Dialogue on the Art of Writing Dialogue in Fiction by Lewis Turco (1989)
Don’t forget to come by our workshops! These are the perfect way to learn more about the writing process with your peers, as well as learn about library resources to help you succeed. Each meets at Haggard Library at 10 am on the dates below. No registration required!
- November 2: Oh, I Have an Idea! Learn a systematic process of turning an idea into a full story already passed
- November 9: Characters: the Good, the Bad and the Passerby. Better manage your characters by dividing them into tiers already passed
- November 16: Let’s Write Captivating Dialogue! Get the in-depth scoop on making dialogue meaningful and dynamic
- November 23: The Opening Scene, Revisited: make your novel opening more suitable to the story as a whole