Camp Kick-Off!

at theCarleton Place Public LibraryTonight 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.

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Camp NaNoWriMo in July

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.

at theCarleton Place Public LibraryWe 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.

Happy Writing!

They’re Writing!

12819314_10153891925659299_7508758285292817912_oWe have lots of participants in Camp NaNoWriMo again this April. Many of our library writers have done this before, but we also have three new people who are going to do their best to write books this month. It’s a hard task, but it’s also a very rewarding challenge!

And later this Spring, we’re hoping to debut a fun new aspect of our library writing group. (Hint: you’ll get to “meet” them and see what we’re all about.) So, stay tuned for more fun happenings at the library this month. And if you happen to see someone working on a book while you’re at the library, cheer them on. They’ll appreciate it!

April and Camp NaNoWriMo at the Library

Write a novel(1)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.

We want you to finally write that book in 2016!

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!

 

Revision Decisions

Revision

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!