National Novel Writing Month Comes to the Athol Public Library This November!

APL to host “Write-In” sessions on two Saturdays: November 12 & 26, from 10:00 am - noon.

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NANOWRIMO "Write-Ins" at the Athol Public Library

Two Saturdays: November 12 & 26

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

In the Library's Activity Room


At midnight on November 1, armed only with their wits, the vague outline of a story, and a ridiculous deadline, more than 250,000 people around the world will set out to become novelists.

Why? Because November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, the world’s largest writing challenge and nonprofit literary crusade. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30.

So what’s the point? “The 50,000-word challenge has a wonderful way of opening up your imagination and unleashing creativity,” says NaNoWriMo Founder and Executive Director Chris Baty. “When you write for quantity instead of quality, you end up getting both. Also, it’s a great excuse for not doing any dishes for a month.”

The Athol Public Library will be hosting “Write-In” sessions on  two Saturdays, November 12 & 26, from 10:00 am - noon.  Write-ins offer a supportive environment and surprisingly effective peer pressure, turning the usually solitary act of writing into a community experience.  These sessions will be led by library patron Anthony Redgrave. 

Although the event emphasizes creativity and adventure over creating a literary masterpiece, more than 90 novels begun during NaNoWriMo have since been published, including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, both #1 New York Times Best Sellers.

“Writing a novel in a month inspires incredible confidence in seasoned and first-time novelists alike,” says NaNoWriMo Program Director Lindsey Grant. “Completing a draft of the novel they’ve been contemplating for ages gives participants a tremendous sense of accomplishment and leaves them wondering what else they’re capable of.”

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For more information on the APL’s Write-Ins, please call the library at 978.249.9515