November is National Novel Writing Month (also known as “NaNoWriMo”) and people across the country celebrate by undertaking personal writing projects. The challenge of the month, to write 50,000 words in 30 days, is meant to encourage writers to simply get words on paper and then edit later. Teen Services Manager Katelyn Wolfe says, “People often get discouraged and slowed down in their writing because they listen to their inner critic. The NaNoWriMo approach allows writers to be creative and work in a judgment-free environment.” You can learn more about NaNoWriMo, find writing resources, read pep-talks from authors, and connect with other writers at nanowrimo.org.
In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, your Library is offering creative writing opportunities for teens and adults throughout the month. Teens are invited to drop by the teen area from 3:30-5 p.m. every Friday in November (with the exception of November 29) to receive feedback on their work, to learn about writing resources, or simply to write. There are also writing prompts available in the teen area all month to give teens a jumpstart in their writing. Anyone who answers a prompt will receive a prize and be eligible for the grand prize at the end of the month.
Adults are invited to the Creative Writing Type-In on Saturday, November 16 from 1-4 p.m., which will be taught by Langley Shazor of The Casual Word. Participants will practice free writing, writing from prompts, and sharing their work. Paper and writing utensils will be provided for those who need them, and Shazor will also bring typewriters for attendees who would like to use them. Registration is required and can be completed here.
For more information on teen NaNoWriMo events, call Katelyn Wolfe at (423) 434-4349. Contact Adult Services at (423) 434-4454 with questions about the Creative Writing Type-In. Follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram, visit jcpl.org, or drop by the Library at 100 West Millard Street to learn more about our programs and services.