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NaNoWriMo: Taking the Novel Writing Plunge

WC Public Library

     Have you always wanted to write the Great American Novel but struggled to find motivation and time? Aspiring writers are invited to let the West Chicago Public Library District, in partnership with the Office of Letters and Light, be their guide in November and “Come Write In!” for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) to take the novel writing challenge: 50,000 words in 30 days.

     F. Scott Fitzgerald spent eight years writing Tender Is the Night.  Finnegan’s Wake took James Joyce seventeen years to complete.  But this November, many Chicagoans will be joining a global community of writers trying to finish novels in just 30 days as part of NaNoWriMo.  According to Writer’s Digest, “NaNoWriMo is a lot like a literary marathon.  Folks from all walks of life come together and dedicate a substantial part of their month to doing something wonderful, tiring, and a little bit crazy."

What began as a local San Francisco writers’ initiative with just 21 authors in 1999 has now grown to over 250,000 participants nationwide.  And the number of words they officially logged last year was well over 3 billion!  What they had done was take the cloistered, agonized novel-writing process and transformed it into something that was half literary marathon and half block party.

The Library will hold a kick-off event on Saturday, November 3 at 1 pm, offering participants the opportunity to meet some published authors, mingle, seek advice, munch on refreshments, and get revved up about the challenge ahead.  Every Sunday in November, they’re invited to “Come Write In” at the Library from 1:30-4:30 pm.  We’ll be helping them along with a celebratory “Mid-Way Party” on Saturday, November 17 and a “Wrap Up Party” on Sunday, December 2.

“We’re proud to support local writers taking the plunge by offering our space as a novel writing zone,” said Administrative Librarian Melody E. Coleman.  So sharpen your pencils, bring in your laptops, and make yourself comfortable – we’ve got your table ready!


  • Shelley Campbell, Public Relations Specialist

  • West Chicago Public Library District

  • Phone: (630) 231-1552, ext. 128

  • FAX: (630) 231-1709


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