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November 1st - 30th

NaNoWriMo is an annual (November) novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world. 

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Municipal Liaison for Our Region

The wonderful Jeannie Leighton and Kristen Kauffman are the municpal liasons for our area!  

You can reach Jeannie Leighton via the NaNoWriMo webpage at



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Tips to Get You From 0 to 50K

Before you head off to train those typing fingers, we wanted to offer a few bits of advice. You’ll find many great tips in the forums, and we’ll be sending pep talks directly to your NaNoMail (your on-site inbox) during November.

But for now, here’s a quick overview of the three-and-a-half things we wish we had known for our first NaNoWriMo:    

1) It’s okay to not know what you’re doing. Really. You’ve read a lot of novels, so you’re completely up to the challenge of writing one. If you feel more comfortable outlining your story ahead of time, do it! But it’s also fine to just wing it. Write every day, and a book-worthy story will appear, even if you’re not sure what that story might be right now.

2) Do not edit as you go. Editing is for December and beyond. Think of November as an experiment in pure output. Even if it’s hard at first, leave ugly prose and poorly written passages on the page to be cleaned up later. Your inner editor will be very grumpy about this, but your inner editor is a nitpicky jerk who foolishly believes that it is possible to write a brilliant first draft if you write it slowly enough. It isn’t. Every book you’ve ever loved started out as a beautifully flawed first draft. In November, embrace imperfection and see where it takes you.

3) Tell everyone you know that you’re writing a novel in November. This will pay big dividends in Week Two, when the only thing keeping you from quitting is the fear of looking pathetic in front of all the people who’ve had to hear about your novel for the past month. Seriously. Email them now about your awesome new book. The looming specter of personal humiliation is a very reliable muse.

3.5) There will be times you’ll want to quit during November. This is okay. Everyone who wins NaNoWriMo wanted to quit at some point in November. Stick it out. See it through. Week Two can be hard. Week Three is much better. Week Four will make you want to yodel.

And we’re talking the good kind of yodeling here.


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YC English Club, Prescott Campus

English Club Meeting

When: Meets every Thursday

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Where: Club Room - 3-119 (down the hall from the Rider Diner)

The English Club is for those who delight in reading and writing, and talking about reading and writing. come share your reading, your writing, and your love for language and its power.

Contact: Kristen Kauffman 776-2276



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