Tonight is our Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off party! We’re going to be getting together tonight for one hour from 6-7pm to talk about ways to prepare for writing that novel in July, as well as cheering each other on and hearing about the upcoming projects.
July will be a fun month of writing, whether you’re working on your first novel, or your twenty-first. And if you can’t make it to hear more about how it works, you can pick up a Camp NaNoWriMo kit at the front desk which will tell you everything you need to know in order to write something great this summer.
Once again, we’re getting ready to start writing novels in July. Camp NaNoWriMo is one of our favourite months, and July is especially fun. We’re kicking it all off with a fun session on Tuesday, June 21st from 6-7pm, and then we’ll start writing on July 1st.
If you’re interested in trying to write a novel in 30 days, or simply want a great group for support, then give us a try. We have an active writing group and we’ll meet weekly in July to support each other, cheer everyone on, and write lots of words.
We have registration kits available at the front desk for anyone who might not be able to attend the meetings. Drop by to pick one up…it will tell you everything you need to know about the program and how you can participate.
Did you know our library has an active writers group, and now….a published author! Sharon Holzscherer penned PATTERNS OF DISORDER during one of our National Novel Writing Month events, and has just published it through Amazon! We’re so pleased that she has chosen to hold her book launch here at the library on Tuesday, June 28th at 1pm! Sharon will share a bit about her journey to publication–including how she managed to stay so motivated in order to get this book to a finished product–and will have copies available for purchase on the day of the event that she will be signing.
PATTERNS OF DISORDER is a mind bending thriller, sure to keep you on the edge of her seat. Here is the Amazon blurb:
Sharon Holzscherer has written thousands of words about education and education reform. Here is her first foray into the conspiracy/mystery world of fiction. Drawing from her vast experience with learning disabilities, she weaves a story of a massive conspiracy in the most unlikely of arenas. Patterns of Disorder combines action and tension with thought provoking questions about the modern world’s reaction to children with ADHD. Are children just being active children or is there something more happening? Peter Marcus looks through volumes of data to find patterns. That is his job. But recently the pattern that is emerging has an ominous hue. Scientists studying aspects of childhood learning disabilities are being manipulated all over the world. Some are turning up dead. Pulled unwillingly from his secure lab into a secret world of powerful forces, violent methods, and unlimited resources, Marcus is swept deeper into a nightmare. Patterns of Disorder illuminates the power of one person’s obsession and the dangerous unforeseen results. More than just a novel of murder and conspiracy, this book raises fundamental issues about the direction of humanity.
This will be a really fun afternoon, with many of our local writing group coming out to support her debut launch. We are hard at work on our own site to let fellow community members and patrons know more about all of the fun and struggle our writers go through each year, so stay tuned for more information on that. But if you’re interested in picking up Sharon’s book, finding out more about her work, or want to learn more about our group, please plan to attend the launch on June 28th!
Our post on Friday was all about our writers group at the library. But we’ve also got a strong following with members who have participated in past National Novel Writing Month events, and who might be writing again in April.
However, we’d LOVE to bring in new people to try their hand at writing a book next month with the library. Absorbing them into the established writing group has been a little bit difficult when it comes to talking about NaNoWriMo, so we’re going to open this Camp NaNoWriMo Kick Off event to new members only. (Don’t worry, if you already write with us, we’ll have something different to talk about earlier on.) We’ll answer questions, talk about the goals, and purpose of trying to write a book in April, and hopefully meet new writers in our community. It’s going to be fun…and a great challenge!
If you have any questions, you can always give us a call at 257-2702, or drop by the library to pick up a handout to get you ready to write a book in April. We’d love for you to come to the Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off on Tuesday, March 22nd from 6-7pm, too! No registration is necessary…just come by that evening.
Once again, we’re finishing up a NaNoWriMo program at the library in a few days. We have a great group of writers who have participated in many of our National Novel Writing Month programs, and this session was filled with a fantastic group as usual.
What have we been working on this month?
We have 11 participants who are either writing a new novel, working on a previous book, or plotting a new book for 2016.
Since we began this program, we’ve had 10 novels completed, from thrillers, to fantasy, to romantic comedies.
We are busy prepping for a fun creativity workshop in the new year that will help our writers—and anyone else who feels stifled in their creative zone—to work through the block and start creating again.
Due to popular demand, our Carleton Place Public Library writers are working on plans to start a writing blog to tell our community about what we do, and allow new members to check us out before coming to one of our meetings.
And our future plans include a community writing project that we hope will allow other library patrons to see exactly what we’re working on at the library!
If you’re interested in joining our writing group, you can send us a quick email to find out more (firstname.lastname@example.org), drop by the library for more information on NaNoWriMo and how we participate at the library, or watch for one of our upcoming sessions in the new year, listed in our Winter Newsletter.
On a fun note, our writers finishing up books this month are going to be heading into the last four hours of the event with a fun write-in at the library…until midnight! We’ll have word sprints, prizes, and probably lots of coffee to keep us all going.
This is a great group of people at all experience levels and writing many different things. If you need some support to help you follow through with your writing plans, this might be the group for you. If you’re looking for some detailed criticism, we can also probably help you with that, too, although we’re not a critique group per se. Regardless, we’d love to have you at one of our meetings if you’re able to attend.
Recently, at one of our NaNoWriMo group meetings, we talked about how to put together a story, and the art of the first line. While I spend a great deal of time with my young writers talking about elements of a story, and working specifically on first lines, I’ve never really done this with the adults.
But I came across this fabulous new book called, HOW TO TELL A STORY, by Daniel Nayeri, which is part book, part game…and now I want to use it everywhere! This book is used as a resource to allow children to learn how to construct a story using 20 interactive colour-coded blocks to help them along. Used in big groups or small, it’s a great way to get children of all ages to think about how stories work, and why they won’t work. I’m pretty sure our adults would have fun with this as an exercise as well.
You can see more about this interesting new teachable here:
Doesn’t this sound fun? I can’t wait to see what everyone writes!