National Novel Writing Events All Month at Cook Library

Want to write a novel in November? Come to Cook Library’s NaNoWriMo info session and learn everything you’ll need to know to write 50K words next month.

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As the days grow shorter and that dark, constricted feeling of impending winter clutches at your heart, do you feel the urge to break out, to engage in some mad act of wild creativity, to throw yourself to the gods of art with literary abandon, to do something, anything, to take your mind off all the wood you should already have stacked? Do you feel like…writing a novel? You’re in luck. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the world’s largest literary event and nonprofit literary crusade, is coming not just to New Hampshire, as it does every November, but to the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth. On Saturday, October 27, at 2:00 PM, the library will host a NaNoWriMo informational session. Come meet with experienced WriMos, browse a collection of writing books and published novels begun during NaNoWriMo, and get inspired to sign yourself up for a month-long creative adventure. As a Come Write In library, Cook will support you along the way (caffeine!) and help you celebrate your accomplishment when it’s all over.

What is NaNoWriMo? Each November writers all over the world, writing in myriad languages, pledge to write 50,000 words during the month of November. They write the opening sentence of their novel on or after November 1, and they—lots of them, anyway—cross the finish line and verify their word count by November 30. There are no judges—just the satisfaction of an extraordinary accomplishment. “NaNoWriMo is the writing world’s version of a marathon,” says Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month. “Writers exit the month with more than a novel; they’ve experienced a transformative creative journey.”

Since its tiny beginnings in 1999, when founder/hero Chris Baty and a group of friends gathered in San Francisco coffee shops to support each other’s first efforts at “noveling”, NaNoWriMo has grown exponentially. Last year over 250,000 writers participated (nearly 37,000 won), logging well over three billion words. (That’s not counting the nearly 100,000 participants in NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program.) This year, add your words! In addition to the October 27 info session, Cook Library will host Write-Ins every Saturday in November from 10 AM to 4 PM. Coffee, snacks, dedicated writing space, experienced WriMos and a collection of helpful books will all be available to help you climb your mountain of words. The library will also host a “Last Writes” event from 4 to 8 PM on Wednesday, November 28 for those in need of last-minute camaraderie, and a TGIO Party at 2 PM on December 8. For more info visit nanowrimo.org, tamworthlibrary.org, or call 603-323-8510.