Celebrate National Novel Writing Month

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Celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) at St. Louis County Library. All across the country, avid readers and writers are taking the challenge to write a novel in one month--November. You know you've always wanted to write a novel: here's your chance.
The library will support participants with writing workshops and write-ins at several branch locations. All programs are free and open to the public. Program dates and times follow.

NaNoWriMo Kickoff Celebration

Come meet the fellow St. Louis WriMos who are about to embark on a month of literary abandon with you! Bring quarters for a raffle and any items you'd like to donate. Be prepared for icebreakers, but leave your laptops at home - save the writing for November!
Saturday, October 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m. - Headquarters

NaNoWriMo Writing Workshops

Featuring writing tips and a question-and-answer session, this workshop provides advice on how to manage your writing time and maximize your progress. Presented by Jennifer Shew, the NaNoWriMo municipal liaison, this writing workshop will help you prepare for NaNoWriMo in November. 
Thursday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. -  Bridgeton Trails Branch
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. -  Daniel Boone Branch
Thursday, October 29, 6:30 p.m. -  Mid-County Branch

Evening of Scribing Recklessly

Celebrate the half-way point with other NaNoWriMo writers. During this 6-hour writing marathon, NaNoWriMo liaisons will challenge you with writing sprints and word games and offer inspiration in the form of coffee and treats. RSVP in October on the NaNoWriMo St. Louis Regional Forum at http://nanowrimo.org/regions/usa-missouri-st-louis.

Please arrive no later than 6:00 p.m. Entry into the building will not be available after 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 14, 4:00-10:00 p.m. - Daniel Boone Branch

Come Write In

Are you motivated by the company of others? Writing doesn't have to be a solitary act. The library will provide plenty of comfortable space, power outlets for your laptops, and refreshments. Come share the experience!

November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; 6:00-9:00 PM - Bridgeton Trails Branch
November 4, 11, 18, and 25; 6:00-8:00 PM - Daniel Boone Branch
November 5 and 12; 6:30-9:00 PM - Eureka Hills Branch
November 23; 6:30-8:30 PM - Grand Glaize Branch
November 2; 6:00-8:00 PM - Mid-County Branch
November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; 6:00-8:00 PM - Prairie Commons Branch
November 10; 6:00-9:00 PM - Thornhill Branch

For more information on National Novel Writing Month, visit www.nanowrimo.org

For information about the programs, please call 314-994-3300. 

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks' notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300, or visit www.slcl.org.


If you would you like to get your completed novel into the St. Louis County Library's eBook collection, check out SELF-e, a new service just for our local authors. Click on the image to find out more.


Need additional help? Check out our EBSCO eBooks and eCourses!

EBSCO eBooks
, including:

  • Creative Writing
  • The Technique of Fiction Writing
  • The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel: All the Tools You Need to Write and Sell Your First Novel
  • The Writer's Idea Thesaurus: An Interactive Guide for Developing Ideas for Novels and Short Stories
  • On Writing Fiction: Rethinking Conventional Wisdom about the Craft

Gale Courses on Writing and Publishing, including:

  • Beginner's Guide to Getting Published
  • Beginning Writer's Workshop
  • Romance Writing
  • Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers

LearningExpress Library, including:

  • 501 Writing Prompts, 2nd Edition
  • Proofreading, Revising, & Editing Skills Success in 20 Minutes a Day
  • Writing Skills tutorial

Lynda.com Writing and Business video tutorials, including:

  • Ebook Publishing Fundamentals
  • Grammar Fundamentals
  • Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story


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