Hello Young Writers,
Have you heard about the National Novel Writing Month a.k.a. NaNoWriMo?
Every November writers around the world pledge to write an entire novel in thirty days. The definition of novel is very loose - if you consider it a novel, then that's what it is.
It's a great time to lay track and capture a new story that you can polish later.
There are pep talks by writers like Marissa Meyer and John Corey Whaley.
Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicle series started as three different NaNoWriMo novels. I've read the first in the trilogy, Cinder, and it's a page-turner! I can't wait for the second book to come out.
As a young writer, you can decide exactly how much you want to write by setting your word count no later than November 24th. More details here:
On a personal note, to show that I practice what I preach, I completed NaNoWriMo in 2010 and 2011. The novel that I wrote in NaNo 2010 is the one being published in 2014. NaNoWriMo can take you good places.
Are you a young writer* looking for a place where you can develop your talent in a supportive and non competitive environment?
When: Wednesday, November 14th
4:00 to 6:00 PM
Where: Mollie Nye House
940 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
More: Meetings will follow, every second Wednesday of each month, until June 2013.
The group will be led by me, Maggie Bolitho (www.maggiebolitho.com). Some of my short stories have won awards and been published in anthologies in Australia and the United States.
My YA novel, tentatively titled Lockdown, will be released by Great Plains Publications in Spring 2014.
Pack an afternoon snack, your favourite pen and notebook and join us. Using various techniques including free-writing, role playing, black out poetry, and round robin writing challenges we will nurture our creative energies while silencing our inner critics.
Please RSVP to ywc (at) shaw.ca or call me on 778.338.4733 if you wish to attend. Places at each workshop will be limited so that every voice may be heard.
Cost: $10 per session. You may pay in advance to guarantee your place in the workshop.
Special rate: pay for all eight sessions at the start of the series – only $60 (non refundable). Please make cheques payable to LV Literary Society.
*Grade 5 or above.