Camp NaNoWriMo Progress

It’s now been a year since we first offered Camp NaNoWriMo at the Carleton Place Public Library. While it was a great success then, we’re so excited about all of the fun things happening this year!

camp2If you’re not familiar with this project, Camp NaNoWriMo is the baby brother of National Novel Writing Month, which takes place in November. The Camp version is a little less rigid, but the overall idea is for people to write a book in one month. This year, we have 15 people participating, and boy, are they writing!

Through weekly meetings, and daily emails, we’re keeping in touch with our writers to make sure their progress is smooth, and that they have support. It’s been a lot of fun seeing their progress reports each day. Just about everyone is meeting their goals…whether it is to write every day, revise a project, or to blast through this mid-way through the month and reach the 50,000 word goal. We’re so proud of all the stories, and all the writers.

We have people working on projects from last year, people working on brand new projects, and people who are writing for the very first time. It’s fun to hear about crazy plot ideas, writing breakthroughs and

If you’re interested in joining us, feel free to drop in and have a chat. If you’re not ready to write this month, it’s also a great time to prepare….we’ll be doing this again in the summer (hopefully).

 

Sign up for Camp!

We’re getting ready to do it again…welcome aspiring writers to the library to participate in a month-long challenge to write a book in one month. April is all about Camp NaNoWriMo here, and we’re gearing up for some fun!

camp2We started doing this about one year ago, and it’s been a great year. Back then, we weren’t sure if anyone would show up, or how they would do, but we’ve had a dedicated writing group ever since. We meet up about once a month and discuss new projects, take part in challenges and plan for upcoming events.

Last year, during the first Camp NaNo attempt, we had about ten people of all ages take part. They wrote like crazy for the month of April….30 days….and several met the goal of 50,000 words, which is the length of a small book. Yay! After that, we worked on revision, talked about voice, and discussed plot, all in an attempt to further our writing chops. It’s been amazing to see these writers grow.

During the summer, many of them took part in a second run, trying their hand at a new book or revising the one they finished in April. We also gathered together a summer of young writers, and wrote many, many, many creative things. It was fantastic!

In November, a few of the writers took part in the more official National Novel Writing Month, and wrote a new book. Our youngest participant was a teen who won NaNo, and finished her second novel. How amazing, right?

Now, we’re doing it all again. We’d love to get new writers….anyone interested in giving it a try. You’ll have the rest of March to prepare an idea, work out some plot points or create some characters, and then you can join us on Tuesday, March 31st for the Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party at the library, from 6-7pm.  We’ll learn the rules, make some promises, but mostly….we’ll gear up for a month of fun.

If you’ve never written a book, but have always wanted to try, why not join us? You don’t have to be good at it, you just have to try. There are no rules, and you don’t have to actually write on the library premises…..write wherever you like…at home, in a coffee shop, on the bus. But join us for the meetings, and sign up for the daily inspirational emails. We’d love to have you join!

If you’d like a bit more information, drop by the library, or give us a call at 257-2702. We’re writing in APRIL!

 

What’s Coming Up?

While 2014 is coming to a close, we’ve been thinking about 2015 for some time now. And a New Year means new programs at the library! We’ve had a great fall, with lots of programming for adults, and children, so we’re going to expand again into the unknown. Here’s what’s coming up:

FOR CHILDREN:

Babytime

Storytime

Toddler Time

Craft Nights

Forest of Reading®

March Break events

Free Comic Book Day

FOR TEENS

Teen Book Club

Camp NaNoWriMo

March Break events

Rock the Drop!

FOR ADULTS:

Monthly Book Club

Monthly Craft Club

Ancestry Database training

Writing workshops

Camp NaNoWriMo

Bad Art Night

Human Library Project

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As you can see, we’re going to be doing most of the usual fun programs for kids, but we have a few fun new things to offer as well. Toddler time was a good success this fall, so we’re going to offer it in short 6-week sessions, running after babytime sessions. You can see the full schedule above for dates and times. We’re also hoping to add to the mix by participating in Free Comic Book Day in Carleton Place. If you’ve ever been on Bridge Street that day, you’ll know to expect lots of kids in costumes, roaming from business to business to pick up their free comic books. This time, we’re looking forward to having comics available, too. And don’t forget our great Forest of Reading®. We’ve already started, and this runs from now through April. There are plenty of great books to read this year, so get going now!

Teens, we’re looking for readers who want to have fun, read good books….and eat lots of snacks! The Teen Book Club will be a monthly meeting afterschool, so come in to find out more. Rock the Drop is a special project we’ll tell you more about as the time gets closer, but we want to spread the word about great YA books. And for those young writers who want some feedback, or just want to challenge themselves, we’re hoping to add this generation to our Camp NaNoWriMo group, as well as offer some fun Young Writers workshops during March Break. Pick up a schedule and stay informed!

Adults, we haven’t forgotten about you!  With the great success of the Summer Reading Club for Adults, we expanded this fall into an adult Book Club. Meetings are monthly, and we have a wide selection of books we’re covering this year. Drop by for some stimulating conversation! We’re also looking forward to our monthly Craft Club. If you want to meet new people and work on some crafts in a cozy environment, join us at the library! But what if you’re not crafty?  We’ve got something even BETTER for you! Bad Art Night is our first ever craft night for adults! It’s going to be hilarious—and full of bad art—so mark that on your calendar. If you enjoyed the one-on-one Ancestry.com training this fall, we’re offering more starting in January! And we’re hoping for some interesting participants in this year’s Human Library Project.

All of these events are laid out in the photos above, but we have copies available at the library, so drop in to find out more and pick up your own copy. We don’t want you to miss a thing! 2015 is going to be incredible at the Carleton Place Public Library!

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!

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!