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.
Fri. Sept. 21 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
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.
Fri. Oct. 12, 2018 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
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.
Thurs. Oct. 18 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
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.
Tues. Nov. 6 | 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
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.
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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:
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