It’s National Novel Writing Month — Here’s What’s Happening in Philly

NaNoWriMo returns for its 17th year, with local and online events to inspire your inner Hemingway.

If you’re a writer, you might be preparing yourself for a retreat into the abyss with your trusted laptop, typewriter or pen and paper. Or perhaps you’re looking for that push to crank out your story idea without the usual excuses. As of Sunday, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, has officially begun. The goal is to write a novel of 50,000 words by November 30th. Whether you’ve got everything planned out, or just plan on winging it, NaNoWriMo is all about community. So for you Philadelphia WriMos who might need some inspiration or the support of like-minded artists, some virtual and in-person writing events are coming up that will move you to get that novel knocked out — and have fun while doing it. Find more details as they emerge at the NaNoWriMo Philadelphia region homepage.

Online Write-Ins

Every Tuesday and Thursday, log in with other writers from the comfort of your home to share ideas and see how high you can get your word count. 8:30 pm.

Panera Sundays in Jenkintown

Every Sunday in November, join other area wordsmiths for good food, competition and — perhaps most importantly — a break from the pencil-pushing. 1 pm, 1641 Fairway Valley Road.

Double-Up Day

Double your current word count, and double your donation to support NaNoWriMo, a certified nonprofit event, as well as the summer version, Camp NaNoWriMo, and the Young Writer’s Program. If you donate $25, for example, you can reap rewards reserved for those who gave in the $50 donor bracket, including discounts from Chronicle Books and a NaNoWriMo bracelet. Prompts and prizes like books and Kindles will be given away hourly on Twitter, with a writing basket and Freewrite smart typewriter as grand prizes. Philly details will be updated via Google CalendarSaturday November 7th, all day.

Extended Write-In at the Free Library

What better place than the library to set the literary mood? Reps from NaNoWriMo will be hosting the event, where you can meet other writers, compete in “word wars,” and win prizes. Saturday, November 7th, 11 am, Walnut West branch.

Extended Write-In at Chapterhouse

Enter the final week-and-a-half of NaNoWriMo strong. Chapterhouse Café & Gallery will host a special write-in for participants. The organic coffee drinks available at the bar and revolving artwork on the walls are just icing on the inspiration cake. Saturday, November 21st, 5 pm, 620 South 9th Street. 

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