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November is National Novel Writing Month

Posted on November 17th, 2015 by mdevine in Teen Services


Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo? Once a year, writers all around the world try to write at least 50,000 words for their future novel. 50,000 words is about 175 pages. Both numbers sounds daunting but if you break down the number of words into a manageable amount each day, you will reach your goal by the end of the month. For more information about NaNoWriMo, check out http://nanowrimo.org/. There is still time for you to sign up and write away.


Teen Central is participating in the Young Writers Program. Here teens are able to choose the number of words that works for them. It could be 1000, 5000, 10000 or even more. Teens across the United States and many other countries join the excitement of writing their first novel or short story. So far teens across the globe have logged a collective word count of 177,421,593 and it’s sure to rise each day. For more information about the Young Writers Program (part of NaNoWriMo), check out http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ or stop by Teen Central or call 617-859-2334 and ask for Anna. She can talk to you about Teen Central’s participation, sign you up and give you advice on getting started or overcoming a writer’s block. Teen Central’s Young Writers Program is for teens in grades 6-12.

Write, write, write….. and enjoy!

November is NaNoWriMo month

Posted on November 10th, 2012 by mdevine in Events



 What is NaNoWriMo? It is short for National Novel Writing Month. 30 days of novel writing fun.

NaNoWriMo began in 1999 with 21 participants in California and grew to 256,618 participants worldwide by 2011. In 2005, over 100 K-12 schools  joined in the fun with the Young Writers Program and this program has grown to over 2000 K-12 schools participating in 2011  and over 50,000 young writers. There are over 500 chapters worldwide as of 2011.  I think these are really cool stats for a yearly even which started with 21 people in California and it has blossomed worldwide.

You can find information about NaNoWriMo at http://www.nanowrimo.org/ and for the Young Writers Program at http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/. You will find pep talks for if you get “stuck” in your thoughts of what to write. The word count goal for adults is 50,000 in 30 days but for the Young Writers Program (YWP), it allows the young writers to set an individual word count that is challenging but manageable.

Some particpants have gone on to publishing their novels either as an online book or paperbook. You can find a list of those authors at http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/publishedwrimos.

Not everyone who participates has to publish their novels when they are finished nor are they forced to finish the goal of 50,000.  It’s ok if you start out with so much excitement you could climb Mt. Everest and fizzle out or life gets in the way as the month goes on. The point is that you started writing something and you can continue again after NaNoWriMo ends.

There are great fun writing events that you can attend and meet other people just like you who are interesting in writing novels or just writing in general. In Massachusetts, there are three chapters: Boston, Metrowest and Norfolk/Bristol Counties. Our own Teen Librarian, Anna, is one of the municipal liasons for the Boston Chapter (http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/regions/usa-massachusetts-boston and http://nanoboston.org/). You will find the list of events, dates and locations on both pages. There are also forums for those who want to discuss their work or the writing process online if you can’t make it to any of the events. Please note that for some events, there are some age restrictions and requirements due to times and/or locations of the events, especially the 24 hour Write-in (The Big Event) but not for the entire day. See the event at http://nanoboston.org/24-hour-write-in/ for more information.

I have tried my hand at writing this month. I do better with short stories but it’s a start and I am writing.

For the rest of you, get your notebooks (paper or computer) and put on your “thinking caps” and just start writing!


Afternoon with an Author

Posted on October 25th, 2010 by jessika--intern in Books, Events

Have you ever thought about writing a book? Have you written stories and don’t know how to take the next step? Would you like to improve your writing skills?

November is National Novel Writing Month. It’s a great time for all budding young authors out there to take their first, or another, plunge into writing.

For tips of the writing trade, we’re going to have an author come speak and answer questions. On November 18th at 4:30, author Karsten Knight will be coming to the Copley branch. He will be speaking about the process of writing a novel, answering any of your questions, and reading a bit from his book, the soon-to-be-published Wildfire.

Wildfire, a novel for young adults, will be published next summer from Simon & Schuster.