Monday, November 14, 2016
6:00 PM – 9:00PM
390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose
After last year’s well-received NaNoWriMo event, SBW invites you to write up a storm this November. In honor of NaNoWriMo and WNFIN, we are sponsoring a WRITE-A-PALOOZA! On November 14, bring your writing equipment: pens and paper, laptops and tablets, chalk and slates, brushes and sheepskins.
In 1999, Chris Baty created NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. He wondered whether he could produce a draft novel in a single month—50,000 words in a month? He would need to average 1,667 words a day for thirty days. This is the length of a ten-minute reading at one of our South Bay Writers Open Mics (first and third Fridays—HINT!)
In 2007, SBW’s own Nina Amir, who writes nonfiction, created WNFIN: Write Nonfiction In November. Go ahead: You can call it NaNonFiWriMo (National Nonfiction Writing Month)! Unlike NaNoWriMo, NaNonFiWriMo is not a contest; it does not set a specific challenge in terms of word count. The challenge and goal is personal: start and finish a work of nonfiction in November. It can be an essay; it can be a biography; it can be a textbook—whatever! At the end of November you will have a completed manuscript ready, perhaps, for publication.
But suppose poetry is your thing? Or screenplays? I propose a Write-A-Palooza! Whatever you need to write, whatever you need to *do* to write: South Bay Do What You Need To Month (SoBaDoWhaYoNeToMo).
On November 14 at Harry’s, we will spend some time exploring our wants and needs. How many poets do we have? How many memoirists? How many playwrights? We will share briefly our own NaNoWriMo experiences and propose some possible goals for the evening. We will write, and we will share and feed back, briefly. Whatever your genre, experience, or need, you will have a chance to move forward.
But isn’t writing a solitary exercise? Yes—but sometimes that’s what gets us stuck. Sometimes sitting in a room with other writers, all clicking away (or scribbling away) on a common adventure can carry us forward. This one night, for a change, we will actually write together (or plan our writing success).
Join us for a unique (and hopefully profitable) writing experience. Take the One-Month Challenge: Write Whatever You Can!
For more about NaNoWriMo, visit nanowrimo.org. For info about WNFIN, visit writenonfictionnow.com.
DATE: Monday, November 14, 2016 at 6:00pm
COST: $15 members / $20 non-members (includes $10 for dinner)
LOCATION: Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose