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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) at the San Bernardino Public Library

The San Bernardino City Library will participate in NaNoWriMo this year in conjunction with The Office of Letters and Light, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting creative expression. NaNoWriMo is shorthand for National Novel Writing Month, a worldwide celebration of creative writing that counted 500,000 writers in its 15th year in 2013. The end goal for NaNoWriMo participants is to write a novel of at least fifty thousand words between 12:01 AM on November 1st and 11:59 PM on November 30th. Quantity is emphasized over quality; the idea is not to produce the Next Great American Novel, but simply to get one’s brain rolling by building characters, plots and ideas for one month to see what develops.
The first event will be the NaNoWriMo Kick-Off on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 3:00-4:00 PM. at the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library. This will be a chance to find out about NaNoWriMo and to socialize with other aspiring writers.
The Feldheym Central Library will also be a “Come Write In” center this year. Beginning on Wednesday October 29, the Feldheym Library will be open for NaNoWriMo writers. Drop in any time between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. Bring your pen & paper or laptop and work on your novel in the company of other writers. Caffeine will be provided. These “Come Write In” events will be every Wednesday from October 29 through November 26 from 11:00 am-5:00 pm.
The Young Writer’s Program for youth ages 7-17 consists of writing workshops every Monday afternoon in October and November, from 4:00-5:30 pm. The word-count goal for the adult NaNoWriMo program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.
Finally, the library will hold a wrap up celebration on Saturday, December 6. (time TBD). NaNoWriMo
writers, including the young writers who participated, will gather to celebrate their month-long achievement: completing — or attempting to complete — a first draft of a novel.
Some NaNoWriMo authors have gone on to further success – Sara Gruen’s 2007 NaNoWriMo project, “Water for Elephants”, was made into an award-winning film starring Robert Pattinson – but the primary goal is to write with enthusiasm and perseverance, and to have fun while you’re doing it. Mistakes will be made, plots will stink or compel, characters will fall flat or resonate: it’s all part of the joy.
NaNoWriMo is for everyone: elementary and secondary students who would like to improve their writing skills, armchair scribes who have always wanted to try their hand at fiction, and even published professionals.
All of these free events will be held in Kellogg Room A at the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library at 555 W. 6th Street in San Bernardino. For more information call 909-381-8238 or visit

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