Get ready for National Novel Writing month with our Write-In series

Authors and would-be authors have had the date on their calendar for a while, and now National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, as it’s called by those who are veterans of undertaking it, is almost here.

The 20th year for the writing initiative takes place in November, with writers worldwide seeking to reach a goal of writing a novel of at least 50,000 words by the end of the month. Last year, more than 400,000 people participated in NaNoWriMo, according to statistics provided by the NaNoWriMo nonprofit.

The Pioneer Library System was one of nearly 1,200 libraries, community groups or bookstores that participated last year and will again this fall, hosting several preparatory events during October in its libraries in Norman and Southwest Oklahoma City to get writers ready for the month of writing itself in November. There also then will be weekly events during November for advice, encouragement and sharing of ideas with other writers trying to complete the project.

The four-part schedule of Write-In workshops during October leading up to NaNoWriMo includes:

Planning Your Story1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Norman Central – Award-winning local author Vickey Malone Kennedy will present her simple system of novel planning from the kinds of scene to develop, how to outline them quickly and painlessly and creating a road map to writing a story.

Creating Your Character1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Norman West – Get ideas for what makes a good character and what makes a great one, and plenty of tools for figuring out what a character may want, need, struggle with and do in a story.

Building Your World1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Southwest Oklahoma City – Learn all about scene, setting and creating a world for a story.

NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Norman East

Registration is not required in advance to attend the workshops, and attendees do not necessarily need to participate in NaNoWriMo but just have an interest in learning more about writing. Either teens or adults may participate.