It’s here, it’s here! The CP Library Writers’ Group blog! Finally, after months of talking about it and planning, we have something to post about, and ideas for lots of future posts. The main thing we want our readers to know is that the Carleton Place Public Library has a vibrant and evolving writing group, and we’d love to have new members!
It’s fitting that we’re posting this in July because it is one of our favourite months! Why? It’s Camp NaNoWriMo time! We started our library writing group after some community members showed interest in taking part in National Novel Writing Month during November about two years ago. There are a few writing groups in Carleton Place, but at the time, not many were active, and we thought offering this program at the library might be a great way to tie in books and an interest in writing.
If you’ve never heard of National Novel Writing Month, it is an international project that was started to unite people who had always wanted to write a book. The idea is to write 50,000 words in one month, which is a short novel, and a reasonable number of words to accomplish in thirty days. NaNoWriMo, as it’s now widely known, allows people from all over the world to connect through a website, plan events locally, and receive support to help them write a novel. It takes a lot of time and effort to write something that long, and most of us tend to think we couldn’t accomplish such a thing with all of our busy lives. But as our group knows, it’s possible!
We participate in each version of National Novel Writing Month—November, and both Camp versions, April and July. This month, we have several people working on projects by plotting, revising, or trying out new ideas. The CP Library Writers’ Group receive daily inspirational emails, and we meet once a week to discuss issues, brag about breakthroughs, and offer support. (We’re actually taking a bit of a break from our regular meetings this particular July, but come November, we’ll be back at it).
If you live in our community or the surrounding area and are interested in writing and participating in NaNoWriMo, we’d love to have you join. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know when we’re meeting next.
As this month goes on, you’ll get to know our group as we’ll be featuring our bios. It’s a diverse group, with people writing memoirs, plays, mysteries, fantasy and more! See? You’d fit in perfectly with us!