November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and Shreve Memorial Library is encouraging writers and would-be writers to get inspired. Join thousands of others around the world to begin writing and end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel. NaNoWriMo takes place in Shreve Memorial Library branches throughout Caddo Parish with writing programs, author visits, and more. NaNoWriMo starts Tuesday, November 1, and runs throughout the month.
Participation in the NaNoWriMo challenge is free. Those interested can sign-up for the challenge at www.nanowrimo.org. By signing up online, participants have access to great writing resources, the NaNoWriMo blog, pep talks from published authors, and online community support.
In addition, several Shreve Memorial Library branches are hosting “Write-In” programs for teens and adults. Patrons are encouraged to come in and write in a quiet environment or participate in writing programs. Prompts and supplies are available to help you get started. All supplies are provided free of charge. The following library branches will host drop-in writing workshops during normal business hours throughout the month of November.
Additionally, Shreve Memorial Library branches will host writing workshops to help participants work on their novels, creative writing skills, poetry, short stories and more during the month of November. Writing workshops are available for teens and adults. Registration may be required. NaNoWriMo writing workshops are scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, November 1
Wednesday, November 2
Thursday, November 3
Monday, November 7
Wednesday, November 9
Tuesday, November 15
Wednesday, November 16
Tuesday, November 29
Several local authors will visit Shreve Memorial Library branches in November as part of the library’s NaNoWriMo celebration. Authors will visit Belcher-Wyche, Cedar Grove-Line Avenue, and Hollywood/ Union Avenue branches to share their writings and their writing process. Local author Debra Spearman will visit the Belcher-Wyche Branch, located at 409 Charles Street in Belcher, on Tuesday, November 15 at 5:00 p.m. to talk about her book, Matthew’s Rise, and teach patrons about pictographs, Native American drawings and writing. Betsy St. Amant, author of The 80’s Rom-Com Club will also visit the Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m. to offer tips on how potential authors can have their works published. The Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch will host author Andrenique Robinson on Tuesday, November 29. Robinson will present how-to steps in beginning novel writing at the branch starting at 1:00 p.m.
NaNoWriMo started in 1999 as a daunting, straightforward challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in only 30 days. Each November, thousands of writers and would-be writers take up the NaNoWriMo challenge and try to complete a novel by November 30.