Join us for National Novel Writing Month

Get help from professional authors during National Novel Writing Month at Mentor Public Library.

Get help from professional authors during National Novel Writing Month at Mentor Public Library.

Have an idea for a book but can’t get it on the page? Been writing and rewriting the same chapter for monthseven years?

Get help from professional authors and your fellow writers during National Novel Writing Month at Mentor Public Library.

 Northeast Ohio YA writer Tricia Springstubb will help us both launch and wrap up the event month. Springstubb is the author of “Moonpenny Island” and other popular books for young readers. She’s also written award-winning short fiction for adults.

Our Na-No-Wri-Mo Kickoff Event is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at our Main Branch. It’s free and open to writers of all ages.

At the kickoff, Springstubb will present strategies (and coping techniques) for writing 50,000 words in 30 days. (That’s an approximate word goal. The idea is to have a draft of your novel by the end of November.)

Then, during the month, we’ll have Freewrites. You can come to the library and have everything you need to write your masterpiece provided, including a clean well-lit place, a table to sit at, and a power outlet. There will also be coffee, and quite possibly sugary snacks.

The Freewrites will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 2, 16 and 22 at our Main Branch.

If you’re interested in historical fiction, D.M. Pulley—author of The Dead Key and The Buried Book—will discuss the craft of turning history into stories at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14 at our Main Branch.

Finally, we’ll have a wrap-up event at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

We’ll gather to share the glories (and horrors) of writing 50,000 words in a month. You can also read and discuss excerpts of your story with other writers. Springstubb will be back to lead the discussion and help all the writers decompress after a busy month.

By the way, we also have writing clubs for kids and teens that meet each month.

Both clubs use prompts and brainteasers to hone their members’ writing skills.  Any kid who wants to join their ranks is welcome. It’s a fun, supportive place to practice and improve ones writing with other young authors who are doing the same thing.

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