NaNoWriMo 2011

Welcome to the National Novel Writing Month at TWU!

Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Like the challenge of a tough deadline? Want to connect with other aspiring novelists? Then this may be the place for you!
TWU will join other universities, high schools and writing groups in observing National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. A San Francisco writers’ group began the first National Novel Writing Month in 1999, encouraging its members to write each day in November and create 50,000-word novels — about 175 pages —  by midnight on Nov. 30.
Twenty-one people participated the first year. In 2010, more than 200,000 people registered for NaNoWriMo, according to its web site (
TWU Libraries, the Department of Health Studies, and The Write Site have joined together to celebrate NaNoWriMo and offer support for TWU’s aspiring novelists.  TWU Libraries will host the NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party to give participants survival kits with inspirational calendars, informational flyers, and more. The party begins at 12:00 p.m. noon and runs till 1:00 pm Nov. 1 (Tuesday) in the living room area (first floor) of the Blagg-Huey Library. 
The Library will also host a Write In on Thursday, November 10 from 5 to 7 pm at the Blagg-Huey Library on the 2nd floor in the Woman’s Collection.  Additionally, the Woman’s Collection will have a small exhibit that speaks to all the women writers who have either attended TWU or gone on to graduate such as Ann Rice, Gloria Anzaldua, Helen Gurley Brown, and others.
The Write Site will end the month by hosting a Thank God It’s Over (TGIO) Party from 4:30 – 5:30 pm December 1st (Wednesday). Participants will celebrate surviving the month and share what they have learned from writing their novels.
All TWU students, staff, faculty, and alumni are welcome to join the challenge of NaNoWriMo.
To RSVP for the Kick-Off Party, please email Also, check the Department of Health Studies blog for additional information (

  • NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party, Tuesday, Nov 1 @ 12-1 pm, Blagg-Huey Library, First Floor Living Room area
  • Write in, Thursday, Nov 10 @ 5-7 pm, Blagg-Huey Library, Second Floor Woman’s Collection
  • TGIO Party, Thursday, Dec 1 @ 4:30-5:30 pm, Write Site
Want to participate, but can't make it to any of the on-campus events? You can still share in the novel-writing madness virtually. We will be posting motivational/informational articles on this blog every week during November. We will also be sending out weekly inspirational emails. Send us an email at and let us know you would like to receive the weekly email.


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