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National Novel Writing Month at the Library

The Keene Public Library is participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a nonprofit event that encourages kids and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel in November.  The month of writing programs and activities kick-off on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 1 p.m. when local writer Jamie Sheffield leads an introductory writing workshop to help writers prepare for NaNoWriMo.  Sheffield is a five-time NaNoWriMo winner. Featuring writing tips and a question-and-answer session, this workshop provides advice on how to manage your writing time and maximize your progress.  Sheffield invites everyone to “come find out NaNoWriMo is, how it's done, what makes it a great writing tool/strategy. Get some tips on successfully completing the challenge. I will share the benefits, and possible pitfalls of NaNoWriMo, along with some thoughts on planning, time management, setting realistic goals, and other things, based on my experiences with NaNoWriMo.”

In November, writers are invited to meet-up at the Library each Saturday from 1 p.,m. to 4:30 p.m. The Keene Public Library will offer a dedicated and welcoming place to write with “Write Ins” to be held each Saturday from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. WriMos and others can bring a laptop or paper and pen and WRITE. The library invites all aspiring and veteran writers can get together and simultaneously pen NaNo masterpieces. WriMos and others can bring a laptop or paper and pen and WRITE. The library has scheduled a meeting room so that there is room to write. Simple refreshments and inspiration will be provided. 

NaNoWriMo participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30. There are no judges and no prizes. The 50,000-word challenge has a wonderful way of opening up your imagination and unleashing creativity,” says NaNoWriMo Founder and Executive Director (and 12-time NaNoWriMo winner) Chris Baty. “When you write for quantity instead of quality, you end up getting both. Also, it’s a great excuse for not doing any dishes for a month.”

Young people can also take the NaNoWriMo challenge. The Young Writers Program allows participants who are 17 years-of-age and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals. 

All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. The Keene Public Library is located on 60 Winter Street Keene, N.H. for more information, please call (603) 352-0157.