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This November, in partnership with Austin Community College's Creative Writing Department, the Writers’ League of Texas will again offer an opportunity for Austin-area writers to come together and enjoy a group write-in experience throughout the month.
Whether you are doing NaNoWriMo or just need a kick in the pants to finally finish that draft, this is the opportunity for you. One ticket for $25 gets you admittance to all write-in sessions. Come to as many as you need and stay as long as you can. There are 15 different sessions at three different locations.
Each session will provide quiet, chairs, tables, and fellow understanding writers. (WLT staff may even surprise you with complimentary coffee on occasion.) A WLT staff person or volunteer will be present at each one, but there will be no planned instruction, no speeches, no exercises — just quiet time to work!
There are still seats available; feel free to show up and register at the door. If you have questions, please call the Writers’ League of Texas at 512-499-8914.
ACC Highland Campus
Rm. 2219, 6101 Airport Blvd., Austin TX 78752
St. Edward's University
Trustee Hall Rm. 303, 3001 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704
Third floor, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin TX 78703
(Information from the Writers’ League of Texas)
That recurring dream of walking across the stage and accepting the National Book Award for the novel you wrote in just one month could actually happen, says Sachse Library manager Mignon Morse. “It’s possible,” she said. “There just may be that exceptional writer out there.”
The Sachse Public Library is participating in the National Novel Writing Month campaign, providing support, guidance, inspiration, and motivation to local writers and non-writers who participate in the unique program. The month-long campaign, known as NaNoWriMo, encourages would-be novelists to start writing their novel on Nov. 1 and complete their 50,000 words manuscript by midnight, Nov. 30.
“We’ll be offering support in several ways,” said Morse. “In addition to being their principal cheerleaders, we will also offer some specific assistance in the way of speakers and workshops. And, of course, we are always available as the perfect place to write.”
On Tues., Oct. 13, the Sachse Public Library will host a “kickstart program” for those interested in participating in NaNoWriMo. Dallas author Patricia Burroughs (www.patriciaburroughs.com) will conduct the program, giving advice to writers on the various aspects of putting thoughts on paper in a logical and understandable way. The seminar starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the general public.
The library is located on the grounds of the Sachse Municipal Complex, 3815 Sachse Road, Building C, adjacent to Sachse City Hall. Directions can be obtained by calling 972-530-8966 or by visiting www.cityofsachse.com/library.
Then, after the writing has begun, the library will present New York Times best-selling author Taylor Stevens on Tues., Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. Stevens will talk about the process of writing, share her experiences, and offer encouragement and inspiration to budding writers.
“There are writers out there disguised as police officers, teachers, crossing guards, and yes, librarians,” said Morse. “We want to encourage that hidden writer to emerge and share their story.”
Last year, the NaNoWriMo program attracted over 325,000 participants worldwide who started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle-school English teachers and walked away novelists.
Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder.
That recurring dream may finally come true. Now comes the question, what will you wear?
November 10, at 6 pm: Library Program Room open to those who would like to have some time of brain storming with fellow writers or just a new space to be able to write. (Please bring your own electronic device for writing.)
November 16, at 6 pm: Lost and Found: Has Anyone Seen Where My Plot Went? Author Michelle Munzeler will help with motivation as you have reached the halfway point of the month of November. Also, there will be time for writing afterwards.
November 23, at 6 pm: Library Program Room open to those who would like to have some time to brain storming with fellow writers or just a new space to be able to write. (Please bring your own electronic device for writing.)
November 30, at 6 pm: Library Program Room open to those who would like to have some time to brain storming with fellow writers or just a new space to be able to write to have that final push to finish your story by 11:59 pm. (Please bring your own electronic device for writing.)
(Information from organization's press release)
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
More than 20 Texas groups, and tens of thousands of Texas participants, have registered on the organization's website for 2015.
Austin • 8965 members
Bryan-College Station • 945 members
Collin County • 1099 members
Corpus Christi • 884 members
Dallas/Ft. Worth • 13841 members
El Paso • 768 members
Ellis County • 192 members
Erath County • 89 members
Galveston • 544 members
Houston • 10034 members
Killeen • 551 members
Longview/Tyler • 950 members
Lubbock • 891 members
Midland-Odessa • 537 members
New Braunfels • 38 members
Rio Grande Valley • 329 members
San Antonio • 4012 members
Waco • 665 members
Elsewhere in Texas • 2679 members
(Information from National Novel Writing Month website)
The Houston Writers Guild has launched a Kickstarter campagin to support establishment of the HWG Press, an internal publishing press that works to bring undiscovered authors' works to the public.
Thr group hopes to reach its fundraising goal to provide the opportunity to produce a series of genre and theme-bases anthologies to be published biannually. These funds will not only finance the production of these books, but also assist in the promotion and marketing needed to publicize these authors' contributions while promoting literacy.
The guild hopes to reach its $2,000 goal by Dec. 3, 2015. Learn more at
The Houston Writers Guild is a community of writers of all skill levels striving to improve their craft and career through education, workshops, conferences and webinars. www.houstonwritersguild.org
(From organization's press release)
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