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Metro libraries offering classes for writers during November

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The Metropolitan Library System is helping to cultivate the writer inside all of us with its November programming for National Novel Writing Month.

National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, is a nonprofit that values creativity and community, and that’s exactly what several libraries in the Metropolitan Library System are offering through workshops with published authors and a writer’s lounge for peer collaboration.

“[NaNoWriMo] gets people into the libraries. Libraries have books. Books are written, and it encourages them to just write more. A lot of people who have a love of books, they love to write, and this just encourages them to come in and write and gives them the space and opportunity to do this,” said Kim Terry, director of marketing and communications for the Metropolitan Library System.

The Edmond Library is offering EdMoWriMo for Teens with Sonia Gensler, author of The Dark Between and The Revenant, a NaNoWriMo project. Based on the students’ individual progress with their writing projects, Gensler will cover topics like character and plot development. Students are encouraged to attend all four workshops from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday in November because the writers will be tackling the basics at the beginning of the month. Registration is required.

“For the teens in particular, we’re just hoping to encourage big dreams for them. Schools offer creative writing here and there, but I think this is gonna be more of an intensive opportunity to build their craft and work on it with peers who are of a like mind,” Edmond Librarian Meaghan Hunt Wilson said.

From 1p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays at the Edmond Library, adults and teens can gather together in the writers’ lounge. Along with a quiet place to concentrate, the library also offers coffee, snacks and a collection of books on finding agents and publishers.

The Northwest Library is offering two workshops for adults taught by local Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe author Erin Taylor Young. In the two-part series, Young will offer tips on getting started with a novel and how to stay motivated. The programs give writers the chance to brainstorm and share ideas. Part one, Write In, was Nov. 6, and part two, Write On, will be 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 Thursday.  No registration is required, and those who did not attend the Nov. 6 session may still attend Thursday’s.

“If they’ve never written, it’s those kind of classes that I think would be so beneficial. You’re learning from someone who has been there, someone who has written, someone who may have suffered through writer’s block, and they kind of tell you how to get over that,” Terry said.

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000-word novel during November.

The Metropolitan Library System is registered with NaNoWriMo as an official Write In location to provide a special writing community.

The Edmond Library is located at 10 S. Boulevard, and the Northwest Library is located at 5600 NW 122nd Street.

For more information about these programs or to register, visit metrolibrary.org, choose your branch and click on the event calendar.

To learn more about NaNoWriMo, visit nanowrimo.org.

Print headline: Novel approach, The Metropolitan Library System has what you need to write a novel in November.

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