Alachua County Library District (ACLD) will participate in November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This marathon November writing event challenges participants to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel and includes the Young Writers Program (YWP) which allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals. During November, local libraries allocate space and provide support to help empower diverse voices, support writers and build creative-writing communities.
Around the world in 2015, more than 430,000 participated including 80,137 students and educators in the Young Writers Program. More than 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. Meyer was the guest author for Library District’s 2014 Battle of Books for local teens.
In addition to writing opportunities at various libraries, Tower Road Branch Librarian Jennifer Kinser is the Gainesville region’s Municipal Liaison. As a region volunteer Kinser is helping to host writing programs, bring participants together and provide support and encouragement. Kinser may be reached via Twitter @GainesvilleNaNo or NaNoWriMo’s region page: http://nanowrimo.org/regions/usa-florida-gainesville or at the Tower Road Branch.
Adults and teens are invited to sign up and participate at these local libraries:
National Writing Month at Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua, (386) 462-2592
Aspiring writers (teens and all ages) are invited to participate. Alachua Branch will supply the laptops. Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16 and 30, 6 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, November 22, 6 to 7 p.m.
NaNoWriMo Workshop at Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Road 45, Archer (352) 495-3367
Teens and adults learn about NaNoWriMo, sign up and discover how to award and earn achievement badges, November 1, 5 to 6 p.m.
NaNoWriMo Write-In for Teens at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, (352) 334-3941
Teens that are writing or want to start are invited to try writing their masterpiece, Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 4 to 5 p.m.
NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In at Millhopper Branch, 3145 NW 43 Street, (352) 334-1272
Bring your pencil, notebook or laptop computer; or you can borrow one at Millhopper Branch. Join this group and see if you can write a novel in November. Tuesdays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29, 3:30 to 5:15 p.m.
NaNoWriMo Write-In at Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75 Street, (352) 333-2840
Teens and adults are encouraged to write from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, November 9, 16 and 30, and Sunday, November 20, 2 to 4 p.m.
Teen NaNoWriMo Writing Sprint at Tower Road Branch
Teens that need more motivation and a quiet place to work are invited, Saturdays, November 12 and 26, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
For library information contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909, email@example.com or visit nanowrimo.org 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).