NaNoWriMo in the library

National Novel Writing Month, more commonly referred to as NaNoWriMo, is under way. Have you considered inviting participating writers into your library for an “open swim” writing event? The official website offers a publicity kit for the price of shipping but you could always create your own promotional materials as well.

Some additional ideas:

  • Do research on local authors who’ve participated in NaNoWriMo in the past and/or published a novel that began as a NaNoWriMo project. Ask them to speak about their experiences or lead a short workshop for participants.
  • Arrange a display of books on (novel) writing (some ideas here) or of novels that started as NaNoWriMo projects (update: short list here).
  • Host a (temporary?) writers’ group so that participants can get feedback on their work.
  • Hold a contest. Encourage participants to submit their “completed” drafts (or an excerpt) and then award prizes. Maybe consider adding genre categories, if you receive quite a few relevant entries — Best Fantasy, Best Historical Fiction — or prizes for different age categories.
    • If possible and if there’s interest, make the winners’ titles available as e-books that can be downloaded from the library’s catalog. Or, consider making an e-book anthology of excerpts from participants’ projects available.
  • Invite participants back in December to discuss and read from their work.

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