November is National Novel Writing Month, and to celebrate the Pasadena Public Library is offering an online NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) program for kids ages 9-12 at 2, 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2.
NaNoWriMo is a four-session program where kids will meet online once a week on Mondays, except Nov. 23, and learn how to write a novel in 30 days. The participants are encouraged to write every day for this month, and this program will enable them to do that, with presentations via Zoom.
National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel throughout the month. Now, each year on Nov. 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.
NaNoWriMo is also the name of the nonprofit organization formed in 2006 to launch writing fluency and education programs. The group’s website hosts more than a million writers, serving as a social network with author profiles, personal project libraries, and writing buddies. NaNoWriMo tracks words for writers like Fitbit tracks steps, and hosts real-world writing events in cities around the world, with the help of over 900 volunteers in thousands of partnering libraries and community centers, including the Pasadena Public Library.
To register for NaNoWriMo, go to the calendar page on the Pasadena Public Library’s web page, www.cityofpasadena.net/library/calendar, go to November and click the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program link. That should open a registration form for you to fill and submit.
After Nov. 2, the next sessions will be on Nov. 9, 16, and 30.
To learn more about NaNoWriMo and the Young Writers Program, visit www.ywp.nanowrimo.org or call (626) 744-4066.