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Write a Novel in a Month at the Edmond Library
November is National Novel Writing Month, and the Edmond Library has a month of workshops aimed at helping writers hone their craft. Events offer writing space, tools, motivation and guidance from famed author Sonia Gensler.
National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, was established in 1999 with the belief that stories matter. Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have traditionally been published, including best sellers Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Signing up on NaNoWriMo.org allows a writer to track their progress, receive ‘pep talks’ and support, and meet fellow writers online and in person. Over 325,142 novelists participated in activities last year.
Staff at the Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, created a local version of the national event offering tutorials and resources for every facet of the writing process. Participants can learn more about brainstorming, research, editing, proofreading and getting published. Having the time and space to work and connect with other striving writers adds extra benefits to these workshops.
The Getting Published Workshop scheduled for Nov. 24 will be led by Oklahoma Book Award winner, author Sonia Gensler. She is the author of young adult novels Ghostlight, The Dark Between and The Revenant. As with all Metro Library programs, the workshops are free but registration is required for each of writing workshops held Tuesdays in November at 5 p.m.
We hope this series will motivate local writers. We invite them to tap into the library's resources and collaborative space,” said Jill McFall, Edmond librarian.
Nov. 1 and 29, the Edmond Library becomes a writer’s lounge. Novelists can work on their manuscripts and connect with other writers in the community. The library will offer snacks, coffee and featured resources on writing and publishing.