Every November, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world attempt this very thing.
Many of your favorite novels began as NaNoWriMo projects, such as Erin Morgenstern’s
The Night Circus, Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date,
and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder.
Below are some tips to help you get started with this year’s NaNoWriMo celebration at TPL:
What is NaNoWriMo?
Started in 1999, National Novel Writing Month is an annual celebration of writing and writers
across the globe! NaNoWriMo takes place each November and provides aspiring authors and
creatives alike with the tools and space needed to start, finish, or pick-up where they left off with
their stories. This month is for everyone from those who are thinking about starting a novel or
may be in the thick of brainstorming right now.
What events are coming up?
● Write In: Wednesday November 8th, 6:30pm-8:30pm in the first floor Meeting Room
● Write In: Saturday November 18th, 1:30pm-3:30pm in the first floor Meeting Room
● 10 Basic Ingredients of a Successful Mystery Novel with Bestselling Author Gary Braver:
Monday November 20th, 7:00pm-8:00pm in the first floor Meeting Room, Registration
Required for this event
What is a Write In?
This year, Tewksbury Public Library will be offering two Write In events. Join us (and members
of the Lowell/Merrimack Valley chapter of NaNoWriMo) and put pen to paper (or fingers to
keyboard) for writing sprints, discussion, inspiration, and snacks!
Both write-in events are drop-in; no registration required, and you can stay for as long as
you like. Just bring a laptop or notebook and join in! Free Wi-Fi is available at the library.
What else can I expect this year?
To help motivate you, TPL will be holding a writing challenge on Beanstack! Beanstack is free to
join and can be used on your computer at tewksburypl.beanstack.org or on your mobile
device with the free Beanstack app.
The more you write, the more events you attend, and the more activities you complete, the
more likely you are to win one of two fabulous writing themed prize packs. You can also
track your writing on paper if preferred with one of our handy paper writing trackers available
at the library and tewksburypl.org where you can print a copy from home.
Please note that this year's NaNoWriMo "Come Write In" challenge and associated events are
for ages 18 and over.
Questions about NaNoWriMo or writing resources at TPL? Please visit tewksburypl.org or call
the library’s Reference Desk at 978-640-4490 x207 for more information.