National Novel Writing Month @ DCPL

National Novel Writing Month @ DCPL

30 Days. 50,000 Words. One Novel.


November is National Novel Writing Month!

Have you ever dreamed of writing the Great American Novel? Do you have a torrid romance burning inside you? Do you know why the aliens are coming to get you, and you have to share the secret of their extra-dimensional technology with the world? Then you, my friend, are a prime candidate for NaNoWriMo!

Each year, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) encourages people to take on the challenge of writing a 50,000 word first draft of a novel in only 30 days. Each year over 300,000 people participate in NaNoWriMo activities around the world. The DC Public Library is making a commitment to support our local NaNo Writers, from providing space and some friendly competition to fun incentives for registered participants who meet their word count goal.

Come Write In

While you can always come and write in all of our neighborhood libraries, five DC Public Library locations (and one virtual space) will serve as host sites for local NaNoWriMo Writers as part of the "Come Write In" program. Each of these participating libraries will have specific dates and times set aside just for NaNo writers to come in and work on their masterpieces. Bring your favorite notepad or laptop, or use one of the library's public computers to work on your project.

Check the calendar of events for our Come Write-In days.

This year's locations are: 

We will also be hosting a special Sunday of writing on November 12, 2017, at the National Portrait Gallery with a special invitation to past participants in our DC Author Festival. Check in with library staff in the Kogod Courtyard, find a spot to write among the portraits, and soak up some inspiration from the literary lives in the gallery. Click here to RSVP for the Portrait Gallery Write-In.

Tweet Your Progress and Join an Online Come Write-In
You can also opt-in to share your Twitter handle so we can tweet when you make substantial progress on your book, or if you take the lead among the local writers.

Additionally, the library will host an online Twitter Write-In each Wednesday in November from 8-9 p.m. co-hosted by local writers who will offer prompts, advice, and encouragement during your writing journey. Our Twitter coaches will be Craig Gidney, Hannah Sternberg, Anna McCormally and Dan Vera.

But Wait! There's MORE!

As if writing your big novel wasn't incentive enough, the DC Public Library is throwing in some extra fun stuff! 

Share Your Word Count @ DC Public Library
If you're participating in NaNoWriMo at the DC Public Library, we want to share how awesome you are, and how well you're doing on your book. When you register for NaNoWriMo at DC Public Library, you can opt-in to share your NaNoWriMo word count widget with us for our NaNoWriMo Leaderboard (below). 

Finale Prize
This year the first 25 DC Public Library "Come Write-In" writers who complete the 50,000 word goal will be provided with an invitation to a special reading at East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill. Writers will have the chance to rub elbows with others and read out loud from their work. 

How to Register
Registration is a two-step process.
  1. First, you need to register through the official website for NaNoWriMo.
  2. Second, you need to register for the DC Public Library Come Write-In program.

How to Win
Use your NaNoWriMo wordcounter throughout the program to keep everyone updated on your progress. When you complete your 50,000 word draft of your novel, you win an invitation to a celebratory reading at East City Bookshop at the end of the month. 

In order to win, you have to register both on NaNoWriMo and at DC Public Library.

Digital Resources for NaNoWriMo Writers
For those who want to write on their own, the library has many digital resources to help you write. A DC Public Library card is required to access these digital resources. 

OverDrive eBooks
Safari Tech eBooks 



2017 Writers