Teens Can Write a Novel at the Library
Every November aspiring authors flock to their keyboards for the annual event known as NaNoWriMo. Or, in non-abbreviated form: National Novel Writing Month.
The challenge? Write 50,000 words over the course of the 30 days of November in what the NaNoWriMo organization has dubbed, “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon.” That amounts to about 1,667 words per day. If you succeed, guess what? You have written a novel, which is defined loosely as a piece of fictitious prose over 50,000 words in length.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, will serve as a “Come Write In” center during November providing space for novelists-in-training to work their wordy magic.
For teens, however, the library goes one step further. Throughout the month, the library will host creative writing workshops as well as “Write-Ins,” each Monday, where snacks, hot cocoa, and caffeine will be provided in abundance to help young literary minds function at their highest level.
At workshops and Write-Ins, the library will provide laptops, traditional writing implements, writing prompts, and support as you venture forth in the hope of reaching that 50,000-word summit. Space at these programs is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and no registration is required.
To get started, visit the NaNoWriMo website, and register yourself, with your parents’ permission, for the challenge. Writing starts promptly at midnight on Nov. 1, and will continue through Nov. 30. A celebration for participants will be held Dec. 1, when the keyboards are at rest.
November teen programs include:
► Monday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m.: NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In, Gozzer Room.
► Tuesday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club, readers’ choice, Gozzer Room.
► Wednesday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m.: Teen Study Time, Gozzer Room.
► Thursday, Nov. 6, 4 p.m.: Teen Creative Writing Club, Gozzer Room.
► Friday, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m.: Teen Movie – “Teen Movie: Maleficent,” (PG), Shirley Parker Storyroom, free, snacks provided. This is an after-hours event for teens. Participants need to be in the library before closing time at 6 p.m.
► Monday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m.: NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In, Gozzer Room.
► Tuesday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day, library closed.
► Wednesday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m.: Teen Study Time, Gozzer Room.
► Thursday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club Classics, “Anthem,” Gozzer Room.
► Monday. Nov. 17, 1 p.m.: Homeschool Teens, Community Room.
► Monday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m.: NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In, Gozzer Room.
► Tuesday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club, readers’ choice, Gozzer Room.
► Wednesday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m.: Teen Study Time, Gozzer Room.
Thursday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m.: Teen Craft, Pendant Necklace, Gozzer Room.
► Monday, Nov. 24, 4 p.m.: NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In, Gozzer Room.
► Tuesday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m.: Teen Creative Writing Club, Gozzer Room.
► Wednesday, Nov. 26: Library closing early at 5 p.m.
► Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28: Library closed for Thanksgiving holiday.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315.