At midnight on November 1, armed only with their wits, the vague outline of a story, and a ridiculous deadline, more than 250,000 people around the world will set out to become novelists. Why? Because November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, the world’s largest writing challenge and nonprofit literary crusade. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30. In support of local writers, the Livermore Public Library will host a series of events to inspire and motivate as well as offer its space as a novel writing zone—a place to research, write and connect with other would-be writers.
Local published authors Kurt Adkins, Carole Price, J.L. Powers, Staci McLaughlin, Annemarie O’Brien, and Penny Warner, and, as well as local writer and NaNoWriMo participant Jake LeBeau will be encouraging aspiring authors through a series of events at the Civic Center Library. There is no charge for any of the events.
“NaNoWriMo is the writing world’s version of a marathon,” said Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month. “Writers exit the month with more than a novel; they’ve experienced a transformative creative journey.” Although the event emphasizes creativity and adventure over creating a literary masterpiece, more than 90 novels begun during NaNoWriMo have since been published, including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, both #1 New York Times Best Sellers.
A Kick-Off Event will be on Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30pm. Authors Carole Price, Kurt Adkins, and J.L. Powers will talk about how to get started on your novel as well as how to weather the ups and downs in the writing process. Carole Price is the author of Twisted Vines, the first in her Shakespeare in the Vineyard mystery series. Sour Grapes, the second in her series, will be out in 2014. Kurt Adkins is the author of the novel Waterhole: A Western Saga (2011). His newest book, The Summer of Mucus McBain, will be published in the fall of 2013. J.L. Powers is the award-winning author of two young adult novels, The Confessional and This Thing Called the Future. She is the editor of, most recently, That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone: An Anthology of Essays from Around the Globe. She is working on another novel, Amina, which will be published in September 2013.
Also throughout the month of November, the library will host Write-Ins, informal meet-ups where local NaNoWriMo participants get together to write and cheer each other on. Hosted by local writer and NaNoWriMo participant Jake LeBeau, these Write-Ins will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesdays November 6th, 13th and 20th.
Celebrate the conclusion of NaNoWriMo at the TGIO (Thank Goodness It’s Over) event on Monday, December 2 at 6:30pm. Participants are invited to a cake and coffee reception to share stories about the experience and discuss their accomplishments. Authors Staci McLaughlin, Annemarie O’Brien, and Penny Warner will talk about what to do once a writer has a draft, such as editing, knowing when it is done, and publishing. Staci McLaughlin is the author of Going Organic Can Kill You, All Natural Murder, and the upcoming Green Living Can Be Deadly, all books from her Blossom Valley Mystery series. Annemarie O’Brien just published her debut novel for middle grade readers. Lara’s Gift was inspired by her time living and working in the former Soviet Union. Penny Warner has published over 60 books for both adults and children. Her first mystery series featuring Connor Westphal, a deaf reporter in the California Gold Country, won a Macavity Award for Best First Mystery, and was nominated for an Agatha and an Anthony Award.