BY KIRANDEEP SINGH
Interested in writing a book but lack the time to properly commit? National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo) provides writers the motivation to write and finish a book within a month. NaNoWriMo takes place in the month of November and helps writers stay on track at no cost. The organization believes in the transformational power of creativity. They offer encouragement, structure, and help writers achieve their goals through their platform online.
Writers begin working towards starting and finishing a 50,000 novel, from Nov. 1 to Nov 30. Writers cannot write their novel on the site but are welcome to share an excerpt and synopsis. They are able to update their word count to keep track of their progress until the uploading date. Starting Nov. 20, writers are allowed to upload their full piece for submission until the end of the month where the NaNoWriMo team will begin to select a winner. More information can be found on their website.
Not interested in writing a long piece of creative writing? Augustana finally has a creative writing club called the Live Poets’ Society! The purpose of the club is to promote an appreciation for the literary arts by providing a safe space for literary creation, including development and performance. It also encourages helpful collaboration between authors. The club welcomes all sorts of creativity, including but not limited to: short fiction, long fiction, poetry, slam poetry, and spoken word. The Live Poets’ Society gathers every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Theatre Building across from the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre.
More information can be found on the club’s Facebook page or from the club president, Isabella Bourque, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editors’ Note: The NaNoWriMo website also has a variety of Pep Talks from authors such as Neil Gaiman, Tamora Pierce, Justina Ireland, Brian Jacques, Audrey Niffenegger, John Green, etc. for those who need some extra inspiration!
Images courtesy of National Novel Writing Month