All October, the Marshall Lyon County Library has been gearing up for NaNoWriMo to support those who are taking on the challenge. Don’t know what NaNoWriMo is? It stands for National Novel Writing Month and writers across the globe challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word novel in just the 30 days of November. Crazy? Yes! Worthwhile? Most definitely! And don’t worry if you aren’t ready to write a novel, or if you want to write poetry, short stories, nonfiction or your memoir. Our approach to NaNoWriMo is, “No novel, no problem!”
Lyon County, as well as the greater region, has a number of writers and authors, some already published and known, others looking to get started. As part of our Strategic Plan, MLCL is working to better support this group (along with all hobbyists, crafters, artists and all creative types) no matter where they are along the creative path. Whether it’s taking the first tentative steps or finding ways to publish, sell or share what you have written, we are building both our programming offerings and our resources to help along the way.
If you are a writer, or looking to get started writing, November is the month for you. NaNoWriMo has given us a great opportunity to show how we can help. The main events in November are the three Write-Ins:
- Saturday, November 4 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm
- Wednesday, November 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
- Tuesday, November 28 from 5:00 to 10:00 pm
A Write-In is an opportunity to be around other writers. Choose anywhere in the Marshall Library building to settle in and get as much down on paper (or computer screen) as you can. Whenever you are ready for a break, come into the Community Room to recharge yourself (snacks and beverages provided) and your device (charging stations available too).
We have also started a writing group, the Writer’s Café Salon, which meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Minnesota Room. Each meeting is divided into three parts, starting with a brief writing topic presentation, followed by a timed writing session and ends with the opportunity to share what you have written, ask questions and discuss issues.
Finally, we have increased the number of books on writing we have available, as well as worked to diversify it. Now, you can find books on writing novels and in different genres, as well as how to write creative nonfiction, memoirs, short stories and magazine articles. While these can be found in the Dewey call number of 808, the entire nonfiction collection is full of research materials and inspiration.
I hope you will Come Write In during November to check out all the ways we are supporting writers!