National Novel Writing Month @ DCPL
November is National Novel Writing Month!
Have you ever dreamed of writing the Great American Novel? Do you have a torrid romance burning inside you? Do you know why the aliens are coming to get you, and you have to share the secret of their extra-dimensional technology with the world? Then you, my friend, are a prime candidate for NaNoWriMo!
Each year, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) encourages people to take on the challenge of writing a 50,000 word first draft of a novel in only 30 days. Each year over 300,000 people participate in Nanowrimo activities around the world. The DC Public Library is making a commitment to support our local NaNo Writers, from providing space and some friendly competition to fantastic incentives for registered participants who meet their wordcount goal.
When you sign up to write you are eligible for a NaNo Startup Kit which includes a Finish-It Toolkit designed to help writers take the next step after that first draft, and includes a voucher for workshops on creating cover art and typesetting a book, as well as one free print-out of the book from our print-on-demand Book Machine.
Come Write In
While you can always come and write in all of our neighborhood libraries, twelve DC Public Library locations will serve as host sites for local NaNoWriMo Writers as part of the "Come Write In" program. Each of these participating libraries will have specific dates and times set aside just for NaNo writers to come in and work on their masterpieces. Bring your favorite notepad or laptop, or use one of the library's public computers to work on your project.
Check the calendar of events for our Come Write In days.
This year's locations are:
- The Center for Accessibility
- Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library
- Francis A Gregory Neighborhood Library
- Georgetown Neighborhood Library
- Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library
- Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
- Lamond-Riggs Neighborhood Library
- Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library
- Northwest One Neighborhood Library
- Southeast Neighborhood Library
- Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library
- Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
But Wait! There's MORE!
As if writing your big novel wasn't incentive enough, the DC Public Library is throwing in some extra fun stuff!
Take a Writing Workshop
This year we're working with the Capitol Hill Area Writers and the Writer's Center of Bethesda to offer some writing workshops for you throughout the month of November.
- Hannah Sternberg @ Southeast Library - Get Unblocked: Writer's Block Clinic
- John Morris @ Northeast Library - Fiction Fundamentals
Share Your Word Count @ DC Public Library
If you're participating in NaNo at the DC Public Library, we want to share how awesome you are, and how well you're doing on your book! When you register for NaNo at DC Public Library, you can opt-in to share your NaNo word count widget with us for our NaNoWriMo Leaderboard (below).
Tweet Your Progress
You can also opt-in to share your Twitter handle so we can tweet when you make substantial progress on your book, or if you take the lead among the local writers.
And we've got prizes too! Just for registering as a participant you will receive:
- A DC Public Library Tote Bag
- A DC Public Library bound journal and pen
- A DC Public Library Flash Drive
- A pair of earbuds to listen to creative music while you write your book
- The Finish-It Toolkit - which is a punch card to the Digital Commons for:
- A class in creating book cover art
- A class in typesetting & preparing your book for production
- One free printed copy of your book from our print-on-demand Book Machine
This year the first 25 DCPL Come Write In writers who complete the 50,000 word goal will be provided with an invitation to a luncheon with local published authors where you can learn, network and chat with other writers who have broken into the business.
How to Register
Registration is a two-step process.
- First, you need to register through the official website for NaNoWriMo.
- Second, you need to register for the DCPL Come Write In program.
How to Win
Use your NaNoWriMo wordcounter throughout the program to keep everyone updated on your progress.
When you complete your 50,000 word draft of your novel, you win an invitation to a luncheon with published authors!
In order to win prizes, you have to register both on NaNo and at DC Public Library.