NaNoWriMo: Write Your Story

The St. Rose Branch will host write-ins each Monday evening in November from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in conjunction with National Novel Writing Month. 

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, empowering approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel in just one month. 

Why do it? For 30 wild, exciting, surprising days, you get to silence your inner critic, let your imagination take over, and just create!

Join us for an uninterrupted hour of writing and reading, followed by an optional share and discussion after! You’ll have the opportunity to get feedback from other writers sharing the same journey as you.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided. 

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days

Novel Prep

Inspiration can come from anywhere. Whether you have an existing idea or need to spark your creativity, visit  to view resources that will help you generate plot, create unique characters, world build, and more!

Common Questions:

“Do I need something special to write a novel?”
Nope! Not even an idea (though that can help). You just need something to write with, some time set aside, and the ability to power through moments of writerly despair in order to reach new creative heights.

“What if it’s not any good?”
Then you’ll be in illustrious company! Most first drafts aren’t very good. They have moments of greatness, but also moments of, well, not-so-greatness. Think of the first draft as making the clay that you’ll use later to sculpt the story of your dreams. (Also, who gets to decide what “good” means? You do, that’s who!)

“Do I have to publish it?”
If you want to! Some NaNoWriMo writers go on to traditionally publish their novels (including Marissa Meyer, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Emily X. R. Pan). Others self-publish, or share their novels with their friends or family. For many other writers, the act of creating is enough. We call anyone who reaches the 50,000 word-count goal a “winner,” but we believe that anyone who writes with us gets something out of it, no matter how many words they produce.

“I’m not sure where to start!”
Well then, Writer, grab your fuzziest slippers and most literary beverage, because you are in the right place…