Holiday Closing: All branches will be closed starting at 5:00 pm Wednesday, Nov. 25 and continuing Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month at the Library

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November, challenging participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel. If you're thinking of participating, you’ll find plenty of helpful writing tips at the library and on

NaNoWriMo - Come Write In

We're setting aside space for budding novelists at two of our branch's MakerLabs for novel-writing camaraderie in November:

Porter, Mondays 5:00 - 9:00, Wednesdays 10:00 - 1:00, and Saturdays 10:00 - 3:00
England Run, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 - 1:00

Need some help getting started on that novel? Check out our Be Novel - Creative Writing Hints booklist for tips and inspiration.

Six Word Novels: Like NaNoWriMo, Only Shorter

We believe you can write the Great American Novel during NaNoWriMo. But if you say you just don't have the time this year, although you are a worthy writer, here's your chance to prove it: Write your opus in six words! Yes, exactly six words, as inspired by the six word memoirs concept by Larry Smith.  Present your work to your friendly neighborhood CRRL librarian during November, and we'll share the best of the best at each branch and online. You can also tweet us your six word novel by mentioning us @crrlnews and using #6wordnovel. Find out more about writing your six word novel.


Whether or not you choose to participate in NaNoWriMo, or six word novels, you can still celebrate writing, writers, and the creative spirit with these November events and classes:

Local Authors Reception

Please join us for this opportunity to mix, mingle and support local authors! Refreshments will be served. Authors: Please call 540-659-4909 to register or drop by the Research Desk.

Porter, Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 - 8:30


Inklings: CRRL Writers

Informal writing workshops for the novice, the pro, and everyone in between. Learn about different aspects of writing, share your drafts and scribbles, and receive feedback from a supportive writers' group!

November's topic: Agents and query letters

England Run, 1st Wednesdays, November 4, 7:00 - 8:30
Porter, 3rd Saturdays, November 21, 2:00 - 3:30


Poetry & Music Open Mic

Poetry readings & musical performances. Sign up in advance to perform, or just drop in.

England Run, 2nd Tuesdays, November 10, 7:00 - 8:30


Riverside Writers

A chapter of the Virginia Writers Club that encourages writers from the region to share their talent and knowledge of writing with one another. Go to for details about these special events

Salem Church, 2nd Saturdays, November 14, 1:00 - 4:00