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Materials and resources for preparing to participate in the National Novel Writing Month. Series hosted by the Creative Writing department.

Because Every Word Counts

Do words come naturally to you? Do you love to write? National Novel Writing Month is held every November and is fast approaching. NaNoWriMo, as writers affectionately call it, brings together writers of all languages, cultures, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. During those 30 short days, writers around the world challenge themselves to write 50,000 words of a novel. Writing 50,000+ words in the 30 days of November might sound overwhelming or even a little crazy. However, this goal is achievable when you prepare.

2019 Preparation Workshops Series

This guide provides links to the recorded workshop sessions along with links to supporting resources and materials. Each session is approximately 60 minutes long.

This session will be devoted to the elements necessary to create settings and characters that will inhabit the world you create.

This session will cover tips and tools to manage your time and organize your writing project for National Novel Writing Month. Presenters will provide strategies for balancing life with a month-long writing commitment and demonstrate a few tools for organizing your writing process.

In this session, we will look at how to create full bodied characters. Come prepared to practice.

  • Oct 16 at 6pm: Plotting with Josh Begley

This hour-long session will provide you with the vocabulary and tools for discovering which type of writer you are in regards to plotting and how best to capitalize on that knowledge.

This hour-long session will provide tools and strategies for moving past writer's block in the NaNoWriMo and other writing situations.