Posts Tagged ‘November’

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!


November Events at Copley

Posted on November 1st, 2010 by jessika--intern in Events, Programs

We’ve got a lot going on in November in the Teen Room at the Copley Branch of the BPL. We hope to see you at some of these amazing events! And be sure to vote for the header picture under “choose the picture.” Stay up-to-date with what’s happening via the “what’s going on” page.

Sugar Skull Workshop – Decorate a sugar skull in celebration of Day of the Dead  – Tuesday, November 2, 3:00pm, Copley Teen Room

SAT Score Back Session – Saturday, November 6, 12:00-2:00pm, MCR Copley

Darren Shan the the Boston Public Library – Author, Darren Shan who wrote Cirque du Freak, Dark Calling, The Thin Executioner and much more, will be coming to speak to you! – Sunday, November 14, 2:00pm, Copley Teen Room

Magnet Making – Learn how to make useful and decorative items. Could be the perfect holiday present – Tuesday, November 16, 3:00pm, Copley Teen Room

College Application Essay Workshop – Need help with those pesky application essays? Come see what the college entrance folks are looking for. – Wednesday, November 17, 4:00pm, Conference Room 5 Copley Branch

Afternoon with Karsten Knight – Author Karsten Knight will be here to read, and chat with you about the writing process. – Thursday, November 18, 4:30pm, Copley Teen Room

Board Games – Don’t be bored! Play board games! – Tuesday, November 23, 3:00pm, Copley Teen Room

Please remember all events are for teenagers. Also, because of the holidays, we will be closed November 11 and 25. Have a fun November, and we hope to see you around!