National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is called, is an international event that began in 1999 to help inspire people to use their imaginations and create a novel. Sarah Steiner, head of research and instruction services at Hunter Library, has been looking to partner with the Jackson County Public Library since coming to WCU in 2014.
“I’ve been trying to find a good way,” she said. “My husband said, ‘I’m going to do NaNoWriMo,’ and I said, ‘That’s the best idea. We should get with the public library.’ They were really excited about it.”
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, a Kickoff Plotting Party will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Jackson County Public Library’s community room for writers to plot out their novel, share ideas and learn. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Each library will host three write-ins for writers to come together. The Hunter Library write-ins will be 4 to 9 p.m. on three Tuesdays – Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 – in the area just outside of Java City. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Jackson County Public Library will hold its write-ins from 4 to 8 p.m. on three Wednesdays – Nov. 5, Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 – in the conference room. Coffee and snacks will be provided.
“People can write on their own if they want to, but also people like to get together and bounce ideas off each other, or chat,” Steiner said. “We wanted to provide spaces and Wi-Fi for them to do that, and snacks.”
In 2014, 325,142 writers participated in NaNoWriMo. Of those, 58,917 completed the goal of a 50,000-word draft of a novel in November.
For information on participating in this year’s event, contact Steiner at 828-227-3417. For more information on NaNoWriMo, visit nanowrimo.org.