NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month at the Library

NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month at the Library

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 three of our branches for novel-writing camaraderie in November:

England Run Branch - Tuesdays and Thursdays in November, 10:00-1:00 
Salem Church Branch - Tuesdays and Thursdays in November, 10:00-1:00 
Newton Branch - Thursdays, 9:00-5:00, and Saturdays, 9:00-1:00

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 and share it online

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

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: 
"Self-Publishing with Guest Speaker, Patrick Neustatter, M.D."

England Run Branch, November 2, 7:00-8:30 (1st Wednesdays)
Porter Branch, November 19, 2:00-3:30 (3rd Saturdays)

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 Branch, November 12, 1:00-4:00 (2nd Saturdays)

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. Read more

Porter Branch, Tuesday, November 15. 7:00-8:30


NaNoWriMo Wrap Party

Phew, you made it! Whether you completed your novel or are well on your way, you deserve to celebrate. Share some of your best pieces, or just listen and have some cake. Join us for a wrap-up to a great month of writing!

England Run Branch, Wednesday, November 30, 7:00-8:30