By Starrla Cray
WINSTED Writers looking for a little extra motivation might want to check out Winsted’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) activities.
Throughout the month of November, participants will find encouragement, support, tips, and accountability.
The first event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Winsted Arts Council (141 Main Ave. W.) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. starting with an informal meet and greet. Winsted author Mark Mitten will present and answer questions from 6 to 6:30 p.m., and the event will conclude with opportunities to sign up for NaNoWriMo and connect with other writers.
Mitten is the author of “Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave” and “Hard to Quit.” He has also done freelance writing for the Herald Journal. (Look for an article about Mitten’s writing career in a future edition of the Herald Journal.)
Writing sessions will take place the Wednesday evenings of Nov. 8, 15, and 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Winsted Public Library. There will be snacks and places for people to write. Participants are welcome to use headphones or earplugs if they’d like.
The finale of the month will take place Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Winsted library. Writing sessions and last-minute updates to NaNoWriMo.org will take place in the afternoon. At 5:30 p.m., writers will have an opportunity to read their book’s “hook” and/or other favorite passages. (This is voluntary, and time is limited.)
Awards, sponsored by the Winsted Library Commission, will be presented from 6:45 to 7 p.m. Categories have not yet been finalized, but could include most words written in November, most riveting hook, most intriguing premise, and more.
Winsted’s first November writing session took place at the library last year, with help from Winsted resident Mark Lambertson.
“I love the library I go there all the time,” he said.
Lambertson has a career in marketing communication, and is also pursuing novel writing. Right now, he has a fantasy/thriller novel in the works.
At Winsted’s NaNoWriMo events, Lambertson is looking forward to connecting with other writers in the area and encouraging them in their creative pursuits.
What is NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a “fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing,” according to NaNoWriMo.org.
From Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, participants work toward the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel. The first NaNoWriMo took place in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999, with 21 participants. The idea has since spread nationwide, with 310,000 adult novelists participating in 2013, plus an additional 89,500 young writers.
To sign up for this year’s NaNoWriMo, go to NaNoWriMo.org. All programs for NaNoWriMo are free.