Free writing workshops offered during National Novel Writing Month


National Novel Writing Month is a free annual event every November to encourage people to write over 50,000 word first draft of their novel.

Anyone aged 13 or over can register on to participate. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people take the plunge.

The Naperville area of ​​NaNoWriMo serves western towns and Chicago suburbs. Throughout the month of November, they partner with local libraries to help participants work on their novels. Due to the ongoing pandemic and NaNoWriMo policies for 2021, all events will be virtual.

They are teaming up with the Nichols Library of the Naperville Public Library District and the Oak Park Public Library to offer free preparatory workshops in October.

Sign up for the welcome library, or visit for links to all NaNoWriMo registrations.

• “From Idea to Sketch”, an interactive workshop, will help you explore where your ideas come from, the art of story structure and character design, and description exercises. of the story of a novel. Sponsored by Nichols Library of Naperville on Saturday, October 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

• “How to Write a Novel When You Don’t Have a Plot” focuses on using what you know to complete that first draft. The workshop is sponsored by the Oak Park Public Library from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 10.

• “Story Wall Party”: Need help to flesh out your story ideas? They will have focus groups to take your story ideas to the next level. Sponsored by Nichols Library in Naperville on Saturday, October 16, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

• “Construction of the world”. It’s not just for sci-fi / fantasy. Come and participate in a discussion on the importance of worldbuilding for contemporary fiction as well as science fiction / fantasy. Sponsored by Nichols Library in Naperville on Saturday, October 23, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

They will also be hosting a fun online launch party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 30 on Zoom. Come to the virtual launch event, meet other NaNo attendees and play games.

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