Writers, Writers!

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We have lots of people participating in writing groups at our library this November. While the Camp NaNoWriMo version of National Novel Writing Month was popular in April, we weren’t sure if everyone was ready to go again this month. But…..we have LOTS of participants! Not only do we have several people who wrote books in April working on new projects now, we also have many new members…some who started their projects as recently as last week. Will everyone finish? Maybe not, but our library group is all about supporting each other and trying to encourage the act of creativity.

But I must add, our lone 12-year-old participant is kicking butt!  She is not only meeting her daily word counts, but surpassing them! Way to go, Beky!

The added fun this month comes from our Young Writers Group which meets each Sunday. The numbers have been expanding each week, so much so, we had to add another table this past Sunday to our Tween group! These kids take their writing seriously, let me tell you. We usually begin with a fun writing exercise, something to get them thinking creatively, and then we move on to reading some of our writing. The best thing? These young writers are always eager to take home a few new books, so they’re always being inspired! (All right, I’m sure some of the draw is about snacks, but you can’t write without snacks, can you?)

It’s nice to know our community has such a great interest in writing. Will one of these authors publish a book that will end up on our shelves one day? Who knows? It’s so exciting!

Published in: on November 21, 2014 at 3:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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NaNoWriMo Kick-Off!

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November is going to be a busy month for us at the library. We’ve invited writers to join us to write a novel at the library during the entire month!  We had a great kick-off night last week, and it looks like we’ll have about 10+ people writing!  Everyone had so much fun in April, they’ve decided to do it again.

If you couldn’t make it to the kick-off, drop by the library for more information.  You don’t have to write at the library, although we’ll have a lot of fun things going on if you do. Writing while others are doing the same thing makes for lots of positive energy!  We even have a fun mascot this time round….our friendly guy Pickles.  He’ll be here to urge writers to keep going, to help with frustrati0ns and to inspire new ideas.

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There are still a few days left in October to get your novel idea ready. We’ll start sending out fun emails to our writers on Saturday morning, so don’t miss out! Write a novel in November!

We’re Having a Kick-Off!

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We’re only a few short weeks away from National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. And once again, the Carleton Place Public Library will be an official Come Write In zone!  That means, we’re looking for people who want to write a novel during the month of November, and it doesn’t have to be done entirely at the library (although we would like you to try writing here at least once).

This coming Tuesday, October 21st from 6-7pm, we’re having our NaNoWriMo Kick-Off!  Join us for an hour to hear about our plans, and find out more about the whole idea. If you participated in April, this will just as much fun, and if you didn’t, come and participate this month!  We’ll have special write-in times, group events, inspirational daily emails and maybe even some snacks (because it’s hard work writing).

We’re looking for anyone aged 13+ who wants to write with us.  You can register on the official NaNo website, or just participate for fun.  But be prepared to write…we’re going to challenge you, and hopefully you’ll get that novel written.

Drop by the National Novel Writing Month website, or visit the blog for daily inspiration leading up to the event, as well as during NaNo.

Any questions?  Give us a call at the library, or drop by on Tuesday night for the event!

Revision Decisions

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After such a successful run with Camp NaNoWriMo in April, we’ve decided to offer a special workshop for writers in May to deal with some of the tasks in the revision process. This workshop isn’t just for Camp NaNo-ers, it’s for anyone who would like to know a little more about revising their work, and to give everyone a few tools to go home and work on their writing. We’ll cover line edits, the bigger picture, and how to deal with the problems that plague writers in their first drafts.

No registration is required, but please join us on TUESDAY, MAY 13th from 6-8pm.  Bring along the first page or so of whatever you’re working on, and be prepared to discuss it. We’ll do our best to get to everyone, but the general ideas of revision will apply to all. It would be great, too, if you have a pitch idea for your work (also called an elevator pitch), something that tells us what your piece is about in a few sentences.

We’re looking forward to seeing all of our Camp NaNo-ers, and we hope to meet some new writers from our community that night, too!

They Came & They Wrote!

It’s the end of Week #2 in the Camp NaNoWriMo novel writing challenge, and our aspiring authors joined us at the library this past Sunday for a fun write-in. They brought lap-tops, tablets, scraps of paper, pens, coffee and inspiration! And then they wrote!

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We had lots of fun things planned for the afternoon, which was especially great because the library was closed to the public. Everyone picked their favourite spot and got down to business.

 

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Word sprints were the most exciting part of the afternoon…short 30-minute blasts of writing as much as possible. We even handed out prizes to the people who wrote the most in that time period.  It was tough, but everyone gave it their best shot.

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We still have 12 people writing with us this month, and everyone is making great headway! A couple of the writers have been coming into the library on almost a daily basis to either work in a quiet space, or use one of our computers.  It’s been fun to hear their breakthroughs and learn about their accomplishments.  And those that have been writing at home have sent emails every few days to report in.

We’re still sending out daily emails to give encouragement and lots of helpful tips to keep everyone focused and moving forward with their work. I can’t wait to see how the next two weeks will go! Don’t worry, we’ll keep you posted!

Published in: on April 14, 2014 at 3:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Camp NaNoWriMo Week One Report

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While we’re not through the first week of Camp NaNoWriMo completely, we made it through four days. And what exciting days these have been! After our wonderful Camp Kick-Off event last week, we hoped everyone who attended would decide to write with us, and we weren’t disappointed!! It was difficult for some to wait until April 1st to start writing, but they did it, and I’ve had some great feedback so far. Yay, writers!

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We’ll keep you up to date on how our writers are doing as we go along. It’s going to be a great month!

 

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