November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

October 27, 2017

Alachua County Library District will participate in November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This annual November event challenges participants to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel and includes the Young Writers Program (YWP) which helps young writers — participating both in classrooms and independently — set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals. During November, the Library District offers its support with resources and quiet spaces with WiFi plus these interactive programs to empower diverse voices, support writers and build creative-writing communities:

Come Write In at your Library
National Novel Writing Month participants are invited to work on their novels at the library. Comfortable chairs, a relaxed atmosphere, WiFi and writer snacks are available.
November 5, 2 to 4:30 p.m., November 13 and November 29, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. p.m. at Headquarters Library, (352) 334-3900
November 19, 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Millhopper Branch, (352) 334-1272

Celebrate NaNoWriMo by Creating a Journal at Waldo Branch, (352) 468-3298
All ages are invited to create a journal from recycled materials and begin or continue to capture their written voice. Program will be held at the Yerkes Center next to the Waldo Branch Library on November 5, 2 to 3 p.m.

Creative Writing Workshop for Teens and Adults at Headquarters Library, (352) 334-3900
Writers of all types and levels are invited to this Creative Writing Workshop in Meeting Room B on November 14, 6 to 8 p.m.

This year, NaNoWriMo expects over 400,000 people—including more than 70,000 K-12 students and educators on our Young Writers Program website—to start a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. Throughout the month, they’ll be guided by this year’s theme: Superpowered Noveling.

For library information visit or contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909 or or visit for information about the 501(c)(3) nonprofit National Novel Writing Month.


If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)


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