Calling All Campers!


We’re getting ready for something fun in April! Camp NaNoWriMo at the Carleton Place Public Library! It’s Camp for grown-ups! And writers! It’s camp for grown-up writers! And it’s going to be a fun month, filled with lots of writing chit-chat, fun writing prompts to keep you going, lots of support from your friendly librarians and maybe even some snacks. Oh, and of course, you’re going to WRITE!

What’s Camp NaNoWriMo?

November is known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. But not everyone finds November to be the best time to get down to serious work, so the great folks who organize the event have come up with two other months during the year to help inspire would-be authors. The first is April, and the next is July. And to make it extra fun, they’ve themed it around the idea of summer camp, complete with cabins and bunk beds! 

If you’ve ever felt the urge to write a novel, this is your chance. During the 30 days of April, your goal is to write 50,000 words. Maybe that sounds like a lot, maybe it doesn’t. It’s actually slightly shorter than your average novel (maybe more like a novella, but let’s not split hairs). It means you need to write about 1666 words every day. Or write all 50,000 the night on April 30th, it’s up to you. Regardless, it’s a great, doable challenge. And when you’re done, you’ll be able to tell everyone you wrote a book!

Why is the library participating?

We’re all about books, of course! And we love to support people and their dreams. Whether you’ve written ten books, or never even attempted one, we’re here to help you out. We can’t tell you what to write, or how you’ll need to manage your time in order to get those 1666 words down each day, but we have lots of great things to help. We have plenty of books on craft, books you can read for inspiration in your desired genre, movies to help you look at plot and character development quickly, or even books to help you choose names for your characters.

The library has free WiFi, and we’re open six days a week, so it’s a good opportunity to get good solid work on your novel done every day. We’ll have a dedicated space open on most days, with lots of plugins for your computers. Of course, you don’t have to use a laptop…you can write the old fashioned way with pen and paper. Whatever feels best.

Who can participate?

Camp NaNoWriMo is open to anyone over the age of 13, and we’re hoping a lot of people in our community and the surrounding areas will take part. It’s easy to register on the Camp NaNo page. Then, drop into the library to pick up your Camp Kit for the rest of the details. We’re hoping to have as many people as possibly in our library cabin, so we’ll ask you for some info when you pick up your kit.

To really get everything going, we’re having a Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off on Tuesday, March 25th here at the library from 6 – 7pm. We’ll talk about everything we’re planning, give you some fun things to get your creative juices flowing and then make sure everyone is signed up.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, come to the library and join us for Camp during the month of April. Air out those sleeping bags, stock up on sunscreen and make sure your shorts are good to go. We’re writing a novel in April!


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