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Writing Workshops offered at Toledo Library
NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month
Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? It’s short for National Novel Writing Month, which is an annual creative writing project. During the month of November, creative minds all over the country take up the challenge to write an entire book, at least 50,000 words. Believe it or not – anyone can do it. It just takes dedication and determination.Each year the University of Toledo hosts workshops and write-ins to encourage and inspire the creative mind. This year, we’re working in partnership with the University of Toledo to encourage people throughout the community to join them and learn more about the creative process. Each event will focus on a different way of creating literary works. These workshops are to help inspire works of literary art.

Creative Writing Events – Fall 2018

Timothy Geiger - University of Toledo Professor, English Department
Creative Writing and the Fine Art of Bookmaking

Fri. Sept. 21 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
King Road Branch Library

Timothy Geiger is a Professor in the English Department at the University of Toledo Professor. Mr. Geiger will hold a discussion and demonstration on the intersection of creative writing with the fine art of bookmaking. Registration required.

Skai Stelzer - University of Toledo Assistant Professor, English Department
Writing Haiku Poetry Workshop

Fri. Oct. 12, 2018 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Reynolds Corners Branch Library

Skai Stelzer is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Toledo. Ms. Stelzer will conduct a workshop for beginners on writing haiku poetry. Participants will leave the workshop with an original poem in hand. Registration required.

Matt Foss - University of Toledo Professor, Theatre Department
Adapting Literary Works for the Stage

Thurs. Oct. 18 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Reynolds Corners Branch Library

Matt Foss is an Assistant Professor in the Theatre Department at the University of Toledo. Mr. Foss will talk about the process he uses to translate great literary works to the stage. Registration required.

Leslie Welch - Young Adult Author
Writing Your First Novel

Tues. Nov. 6 | 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
University of Toledo Carlson Library
Dorothy Price Room (CL 2024)

Leslie Welch is a Young Adult Author. As part of National Novel Writing Month, Ms. Welch will conduct a workshop on writing your first novel. Registration required.

Topics include:

  • Creating Your Log Line
  • Building Your Plot
  • Tips for Writing Memorable Characters
  • Building Your Platform
  • Finishing Your First Draft

For more information: 

Visit The University of Toledo Carlson Library’s Nanowrimo Page
or contact lucy.duhon@utoledo.edu or mallorie.sutter@utoledo.edu

Quick NaNoWriMo Facts

  • Started in 1999 with 21 participants in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • By 2015, 431,626 people had participated in 633 different regions.
  • Since 2006, nearly 400 NaNoWriMo novels have been published through traditional publishing houses and over 200 novels have been published by smaller presses or self-published.

To learn more about NaNoWriMo and related events:

National Novel Writing Month – University of Toledo

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Blog post composed by:

April Schwarzkopf
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Adult Services Librarian
Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Lucy Duhon
Collections Sharing Coordinator
Scholarly Communications Librarian
University of Toledo, Carlson Library