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National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, SLO NightWriters

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) celebrates its 19th year of encouraging creativity, education, and the power of the imagination through the largest writing event in the world. Locally, there are Come Write In events to encourage writers, including an event on Nov. 11 at the United Church of Christ in San Luis Obispo.
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Come Write-In hosted by SLO NightWriters celebrates National Novel Writing Month

Writers, aspiring writers, and those wishing to improve their writing skills are encouraged to set aside Saturday, November 11 and join together for a day of writing as part of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Sponsored by SLO NightWriters, the “Come Write In” event is for writers throughout SLO County of all genres and skill levels. It will take place in the large meeting room at the United Church of Christ, located at 11245 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, SLO NightWriters

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Sponsored by SLO NightWriters, the Nov. 11 “Come Write In” event is for writers throughout SLO County of all genres and skill levels.

This local NaNoWriMo-approved Come Write-In event aims to support and encourage NaNoWriMo participants to reach their goal of finishing a novel in one month but all are invited to attend. Stop by anytime between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. stay a few hours or stay all day!

“Keep in mind, you don’t need to be working on a novel to join us,” said event co-coordinator Andrea Chmelik. “We welcome all writers to come, write, share their inspiration, get motivated, and keep motivated to keep writing.”

Event coordinators will provide writing space with outlets for laptops, WiFi access, writing prompts, and inspirational speakers to keep everyone motivated. Donuts, coffee, tea and snacks will be provided. Those wanting to spend the whole day at the event are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. An optional $5 donation is appreciated, but everyone is welcome to attend regardless of financial contribution.

“Regardless of genre or skill level, the members of SLO NightWriters have a passion for helping and encouraging our fellow writers,” said event co-coordinator Meagan Friberg. “Teens and young writers are welcome to attend this event, and we ask those under the age of 16 to attend with a participating adult. We look forward to seeing you at our SLO NightWriters’ NaNoWriMo Come Write In event! Please consider sharing this news and/or click on the events tab on our SLO NightWriters Facebook page, and help us spread the word!

More about NaNoWriMo

One part writing boot camp, one part rollicking party, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) celebrates its 19th year of encouraging creativity, education, and the power of the imagination through the largest writing event in the world. In 2017, NaNoWriMo expects over 400,000 people—including over 70,000 K-12 students and educators on the Young Writers Program website—to start a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. Throughout the month, they’ll be guided by this year’s theme: Superpowered Noveling. Find more information at nanowrimo.org and sign up to be part of the November challenge.

“NaNoWriMo ignites people’s superheroic creative powers every year by empowering them to write their stories. It takes courage, grit, resilience—and wild imaginative leaps—to write 50,000 words of a novel in a month. Our stories save us from villainous forces that we encounter every day. Our stories determine the future of our world,” said Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo.

National Novel Writing Month is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes your story matters. The organization provides the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page — according to its mission statement. for more information, see nanowrimo.org.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.