Thursday, October 31, 2013

NaNoWriMo and the Magazines of the Month

It's November once again, which for most people means time to start thinking about holiday gatherings and snow removal, but for some special few of us, November is something more. You might call us crazy, but every number thousands of people band together over the often solitary quest to write an entire novel in one month. That's right, it's time for NaNoWriMo!

In celebration and support of Dubuque's WriMos Carnegie-Stout has arranged a series of speakers, Come Write In sessions, displays of material to help you on your writing journey, and even the magazines of the month fit in the spirit of NaNoWriMo: 


Both Writer’s Digest and The Writer provide resources for writers, from the novice to the established, ranging from advice on publication, networking opportunities, writing prompts, advice and interviews, and more. The Writer began publication in 1887, making it one of the oldest continuously published magazines in the United States. Writer's Digest has been in publication since the 1920s, and is produced by the same publishers as the annual Writer's Market. 

NaNoWriMo Events at Carnegie-Stout

Come Write In!
Tuesdays in November (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th), 6-7 p.m.
Join us in the coffee bar area on the 2nd floor of Carnegie-Stout as we share the fun and frustration of participating in NaNoWriMo. The library will provide a pot of coffee to share, free WiFi, and you can even check out a lap top if you want! Come early, stay late (we're open until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays).

Pathway to Publishing

Sunday, November 17th, 2-3:30 p.m.
Council Bluffs author Marcia Calhoun Forecki will speak about becoming an author.  She has published nonfiction and short stories and contributes to an internet zine and has a blog on Goodreads, a site for readers and book recommendations.  Join Marcia to share your love of stories, books and writing in celebration of NaNoWriMo.

Mapping the Story You Want to Tell

Wednesday, December 4th, 7-8:30 p.m. 
This is the second of two lectures. If you missed the first (on October 30th), you are still more than welcome to join us, as we can also celebrate surviving NaNoWriMo! Dr. Marianne Choquet, a humanities lecturer at UW-Platteville, will direct this two-part workshop for writers with a story to tell and who wonder how best to tell it, where to begin, and how to discipline themselves while writing. The idea of mapping a story is to give structure to the process of writing. The goal of the workshop is to encourage and focus writers and to create a map from which to write a first draft.

And if you're registered on the NaNoWriMo website, feel free to add me as a writing buddy:

~Sarah, Adult Services

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