National Novel Writing Month

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday on the horizon, November is an exciting month for many. In addition to these traditional celebrations, there is yet another reason to love this time year: November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

NaNoWriMo challenges writers across the globe to write 50,000 words or more in the month of November. In 2005, NaNoWriMo became a non-profit organization that strives to promote creativity arcoss the world.

Though NaNoWriMo offers programs in the real world, such as The Young Writer’s Program and Camp NaNoWriMo, the majority of the organization takes place online. Participants from countries across the globe log on to NaNoWriMo.org and update their word counts as they write. Writers earn badges and recieve encouragement from the fellow writing community throughout the month of November. Prizes are awarded to members who reach 50,000 words by the end of November.

Many participants are very successful in their efforts. Over 400 novels that orginated through NaNoWriMo have been published, including popular titles such as “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen and “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern.

The Loras College Literary Society is bringing the concept of National Novel Writing Month to campus. Join fellow writers throughout the month of November to write 50,000 words, a poem a day, or just to have a quiet place to write. Meetings will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7 p.m., and every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.  in Room 323 in the ARC. For more information, email john.hedderman@loras.edu.

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