So, what is NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo is an acronym for National Novel Writing Month. It was started twenty years ago this July by a group of friends in the San Francisco Bay area. The idea is to encourage would-be authors to write a novel of 50,000 words in thirty days during the Month of November. While this is what adult participants gear up for every year, the real goal is to encourage and inspire people of all ages to write. The greatest advantage of a program such as NaNoWriMo is that it allows a person to focus so completely on the end quantity rather than quality, which frees people from the inner doubt that often stops them from attempting. A favorite moto of many authors and even more Wrimos (what many participants call themselves) is "You can't edit an empty page." Nano can help you fill those pages.
The Young Writer's Program was set up in 2004 for aspiring writers age 5-17. These participants set their own goals, ranging anywhere from a few hundred words to the full 50K. Why should a child in your life be encouraged to attempt something so big? Many studies have shown the immense benefits that creative, narrative writing has on young minds, from building grammar and vocabulary skills, to learning analytical skills through plotting, to working on communication by reviewing their work with other children. Writing and reading fiction also builds empathy, by allowing people to place themselves in the shoes of other characters.
Young writers age 6-12 can join us at the Downtown Chandler Library for our Young Writer's Program, starting Wednesday, October 23 at 4:00 p.m. The first two weekly sessions are for preparation and brainstorming, and the November sessions will be dedicated to writing time. Caregivers are welcome to any and all of these sessions, especially the first one. Budding authors will be encouraged to write and helped along the way.
Adult NaNo participants can also find encouragement at the library with the NaNoWriMo Write-In. Join us at the Downtown Chandler Library on November 6 and 20, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. to talk about the challenge, meet other like-minded writers and, of course, write!