Tempe Public Library will host Write-Ins on Sunday afternoons & Monday evenings in November.
A NaNoWriMo "Write-In" is a place where participants can meet and work on their novels as a group. Writers will have access to the Friends of the Library Connections Café upstairs (food and drink are permitted), as well as lots of space with tables, chairs, and outlets to write.
RSVP! - East Valley NaNoWriMo Facebook Group - Click "Events"
Have questions about NaNoWriMo 2016 or have some great ideas for other writing opportunities at Tempe Public Library?
Contact our librarian and read more below.
Adult Programming Librarian, Ann Leonard: firstname.lastname@example.org.
November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. Librarians and libraries are great advocates and participants of this challenge because it supports our goals of literacy, a love of creative fiction & reading, and it’s just plain fun!
Below you’ll find a compilation of NaNoWriMo resources, as well as a number of other helpful links to get you started on the path toward writing your novel.
- What is NaNoWriMo?
- NaNoWriMo FAQ
- Create an account at NaNoWriMo.org
- NaNoWriMo Pep Talks
- Official NaNoWriMo Word-Count Helpers
- Word Count Spreadsheet - Developed by Shari, Arizona Easy Valley Region Liaison (Download)
- NaNoWriMo Writer Forums
- Find Local NaNoWriMo Events – Tempe residents use the “Arizona – East Valley” Region.
- NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program – For writers 17 and under. Great resources for educators and families.
- Camp NaNoWriMo – Writing challenges for the months of April and July.
- NaNoWriMo-Style Events – Other writing challenges using the NaNoWriMo model.
Want to continue writing past November?
Simply look to the library's Tempe Writes series for a number of great writing programs and workshops.
- Writer's Connection: This informal writer's group is free and open to anyone interested in the writing process. The goal of the group is to share ideas and resources.
Meets every other Friday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
- Writing Studio: This writing workshop series is free and open to anyone interested in writing. Writers come together to do writing exercises and have time to work on their own writing. This workshop is led by the group.
Meets every other Friday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Alternating Fridays with the Writers Connection program)
- Tempe Community Writing Contest: Open to all Tempe residents, Tempe library card holders, and ASU students. Accepting submissions January 2017.
- Tempe Book Festival: In Fall 2017 Tempe Public Library will be hosting its 2nd Book Festival, featuring author panels, book sellers, and activities for all age groups!
- Find more events at the library at our events calendar.
In addition to great programs, the library is also a great place to do research about the writing process or the topic of your work.
You can find a number of library resources under the following topics.
- Author Biographies
- Author - Books & Reading
- Creative Writing
- English Language - Rhetoric
- English Language - Style
There are some great resources online for perfecting your writing, learning about submitting your work for publication, and even finding more writer's groups.
- Places to submit your work - Get Published!
- 25 Helpful Websites for Creative Writers – Links to great resources about writing prompts, mechanics, forums, etc.
- Websites for writers – Share your work!
- MeetUp.com Literature & Writing groups in and around the Tempe area.
- Arizona Author's Association - Provides tons of useful resources!
- Society of Southwestern Authors - An active writer's group that hosts workshops and more. Their "Valley of the Sun" chapter meets regularly at Tempe Public Library.