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.
Our first workshop on November 2 – Oh, I Have An Idea – is all about turning your ideas into a full story using a step-by-step process. As a group, you’ll discuss plot guidelines, mind mapping, scene creation and knowing your ending.
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:
- How to Write a Damn Good Mystery: a Practical Step-by-Step Guide from Inspiration to Finished Manuscript by James Frey (2004)
- Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories by Jack Gantos (2017)
- The Everything Creative Writing Book by Wendy Burt-Thomas (2010)
- The Everything Guide to Writing Children’s Books by Luke Wallin (2011)
- Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults by Cheryl Klein (2016)
- Write On, Sistes! Voice, Courage, and Claiming Your Place at the Table by Brooke Warner (2019)
- How to Self Publish Your Book by Jan Yager (2019)
- First You Write a Sentence: The Elements of Reading, Writing… and Life by Joe Moran (2019)
- Writing to be Understood by Anne Janzer (2018)
- The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time by Susan Shapiro (2018)
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
- November 9: Characters: the Good, the Bad and the Passerby. Better manage your characters by dividing them into tiers
- 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