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Meghan, Queen's Square | October 1, 2018

Writing is its own reward.
Henry Miller

If you’re someone who has always wanted to share your stories, there’s no better time than National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) to embrace your creativity and the joy of putting words on the page, without fear or judgement.

People from across the world celebrate NaNoWriMo throughout the month of November. It’s a time when writers of all stripes are invited to band together and write 50,000 words in 30 days, conquering the blank page with the power of imagination, peer pressure and caffeinated beverages.

50,000 words in 30 days for NaNoWriMo may seem unmanageable at first, but if you break it down, it’s only an average of 1,667 words per day. Some days you probably write that amount in texts and emails! Just imagine if that energy were turned towards a story you love…

Join us for NaNoWriMo and fill your November with literary adventures:

Writing Workshop - Liars, Cheats and Thieves: Creating Colourful Characters led by author Larry Brown, Sat. Oct. 27th, 1 – 4pm, Queen’s Square. Every amazing story hinges on unforgettable characters and in this workshop, you’ll build the heroes and villains whose adventures will keep you busy throughout NaNoWriMo.  

NaNoWriMo Launch, Thurs. Nov. 1st, 6-8pm, Queen’s Square. Rev your engines for a month of fearless story-telling. Whether you’re new to NaNoWriMo or a seasoned veteran, this is a perfect way to start your journey and get to know your writing community.

Write-Ins: Get inspired to write with fellow NaNoWriMo authors. Creativity loves company.

Clemens Mill – Thurs. Nov. 8, 6 - 8pm

Hespeler – Sat. Nov. 17, 2 - 4pm

Old Post Office – Tues. Nov. 20, 6 - 8pm

Preston – Tues. Nov. 27, 6 - 8pm

NaNoWriMo Grand Finale, Sat. Dec. 1st, from 2-4pm, Queen’s Square. Celebrate your writing success, win special book covers in the Cover Art Contest and get ideas from a panel of experts on editing your work, getting published and keeping up your writing habit.

At our NaNoWriMo Grand Finale event, we will be hosting a panel with two well-known authors, Claire Tacon and Pamela Mulloy:

Claire TaconClaire Tacon's first novel, In the Field, was the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke Award. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace Award, the CBC Literary Prizes and has appeared in journals and anthologies such as the New Quarterly, SubTerrain and Best Canadian Short Stories. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and is a past fiction editor of PRISM international. Claire is a lecturer at St. Jerome's University and her second novel, In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo was published this year by Wolsak and Wynn.
Pamela Mulloy is the editor of The New Quarterly and the creative director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival. She is also a writer with short fiction published in the UK and Canada. Her debut novel The Deserters was published by Véhicule Press in April, 2018. She has lived in Poland, England and the United States and now lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and daughter.


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Be sure to attend the Launch Party on November 1st for a chance to win a free personalized cover designed especially for your book!