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National Novel Writing Month


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.

“National Novel Writing month is a wonderful opportunity for people to dive into their imaginations and do one of the most crucial things in life:  create,” said Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo.  “Everyone has a story that needs to come to life, so the shelves of the NaNoWriMo library stretch endlessly.  NaNoWriMo helps people find their voice in the act of writing and through the encouragement of the writers in the
NaNo community.”  

In support of local writers, the Livermore Public Library will host programs 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.  

A program to kick off NaNoWriMo will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017, 2:00 p.m., at the Livermore Civic Center Library on 1188 S. Livermore Ave.  Light refreshments will be served.  Livermore author Tina Jones Williams will offer tips on getting started, discuss the ups and downs of novel writing, and answer questions from attendees.  Everyone is invited to this free event, and no sign-up is needed.

Born and raised in South Berkeley, Tina Jones Williams is the author of three novels published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing:  Sara’s Song, Dance or Get Out, and her latest Perfect Pitch (released in June 2017).  Williams grew up in the late ‘60s.  She was a member of the first desegregated class at Garfield Junior High and went on to Berkeley High School.  Her novels are based on real people and events, highlighting the rich history of South Berkeley and the African Americans who lived there.  

Williams is a past president of the San Jose chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is currently vice president of the San Jose Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the premiere African American sorority with an international membership of 260,000 college-educated women committed to a lifetime of service to all.  

Tina Jones Williams has addressed audiences at the Rosie the Riveter Education Center in Richmond, led a South Berkeley Neighborhood History Walking Tour, and continues to work with the South Berkeley Legacy Project.  She’ll be an honored author at the 2018 Berkeley Public Library Foundation's 16th Annual Authors Dinner, which celebrates the authors who enrich and enliven the community.   

Following the kick-off event, the Livermore Civic Center 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 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on November 14, November 21, and November 28.  No sign-up is needed to attend these free Write-Ins.  

Participants are also encouraged to attend the November meeting of the monthly Writers Meetup at the Civic Center Library on November 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A program to celebrate the conclusion of NaNoWriMo is scheduled to take place at the Civic Center Library on December 2, 1:30 p.m.  It will feature local author J.L. Powers.  Stay tuned for more information on that event.
For more information on National Novel Writing Month, visit
The library’s NaNoWriMo programs are made possible through the support of the Friends of the Livermore Library.  For more information about other library events, visit the online Events Calendar.