From November 1st to November 30th, professional and amateur writers of Hampton Roads (and the rest of the world) will gather together in front of individual computer screens and infinite scraps of paper to write their novels.
It’s known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) and it’s a 30-day writing blitz that unites novelists and novelist-wannabes with one goal: produce 50,000 words in 30 days. At the end of the month, each individual writer aims to be standing proudly (and somewhat haggard) with their own novel. Or at least a good start.
Lucky for us here in Hampton Roads, Norfolk Public Libraries and others in the area are amping up programs for adults and including lots of NaNoWriMo events in the mix.
“We just want people to dedicate time,” says Little Creek Branch Manager Melanie Greene. “That’s the biggest challenge. Just carving out time to say what you want to say.”
Norfolk writers can carve out time for themselves during write-ins at Slover and Janaf branches on Sunday and Tuesday afternoons, respectively. You can drop into any library for use of computers and wifi, not to mention plugs for electronics and plenty of books and periodicals in case you hit writer’s block.
Other programs include author panels, workshops, visits, lounges, creative writing workshops, and even programs for teens.
Beyond the Norfolk Public Library system, there are lots of other great resources for Hampton Roads NaNoWriMos.
First, check out NaNoWriMo.org. There are a ton of great resouces for writers no matter what the month. For Hampton Roads specific resources including local write-ins and events (in Norfolk and beyond!) check below:
- NaNo’s of Hampton Roads Facebook Page
- Official Regional Tumblr
- Official Regional Twitter
- Regional Google Calendar
Happy writing, Hampton Roads! See you and your novels at the other end of NaNoWriMo!