|Libraries host 'Novel Writing Month' events|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 01 November 2013 10:19|
Ever thought about writing a novel, but weren't sure where to start?
Now's the time to sharpen your pencils and charge up your laptop, because November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Public libraries in both Bowling Green and Perrysburg are getting in on the action.
Starting today and continuing through Nov. 30, participants around the world are committed to write, and write, and write some more until they reach 50,000 words. That's right - 50,000 words in 30 days.
Perrysburg's Way Public Library is hosting several events for NaNoWriMo participants. There will be a kick-off party tonight at 7, where you can learn more about NaNoWriMo. The party will also have survival kits, refreshments, games, and writing tips from local author Sally Wright.
Throughout the month Way will offer three "write-ins" - this Monday, from 5-8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 17 from 2-5 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 24 from 2-5 p.m.
The write-ins will provide a place and time to work on your writing. The library, on East Indiana Avenue, will have games, writing prompts, coffee, and comfortable places to sit and write. Writers will also be able to browse and reference the library's writing books for help.
Halfway through Writing Month, on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., Way Library will have an encouragement party with games, short presentations about writing, and refreshments. Finally, the library will celebrate the relief of being done with NaNoWriMo with a wrap-up party on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
Meanwhile, in Bowling Green, the Wood County District Public Library will partner with the Wood County Committee on Aging to host workshops on writing fiction each Tuesday in November at 7 p.m. Workshop sessions will be held at the Carter House at 307 N. Church St., behind the library.
The sessions, all led by published authors, cover three key elements of the novel: plot, character, and setting. One session will address publishing options.
The dates are:
• Nov. 5 - Plot with Fred Zackel. Zackel teaches creative writing and 20th Century American and British fiction at BGSU. His novel "Cocaine and Blue Eyes" was made into a movie for TV which aired on NBC in 1983.
• Nov. 12 - Character with Judy Clemens. Ohio author Clemens writes the popular Stella Crown and Grim Reaper mystery series. Her work has been recognized with nominations for the Anthony and Agatha awards for crime fiction.
• Nov. 19 - Getting Published with Cathy Pickens. Pickens' first novel, "Southern Fried," won the 2003 St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic Award for Best New Traditional Mystery; this session will be Skyped.
• Nov. 26 - Setting with William Kent Krueger. Winner of numerous awards for his novels, Krueger's last four books have appeared on the New York Times best-seller list; this session is via Skype.
The Write a Novel workshops are free and open to all. However, due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, contact the library's information desk at 419-352-5104, ext. 220.
National Novel Writing Month started in 1999 and by 2011 had 256,618 participants and 36,843 winners - those who reached the 50,000 word goal. Writing such a large quantity in such a short time encourages the silencing of the inner critic and can allow writers greater freedom to express themselves. There are several bestselling novels that began during NaNoWriMo, including The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
Learn more at http://nanowrimo.org/about/hownanoworks/.
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