Write Your Novel in November




Want to be inspired to write that novel you've been planning, but feel like you don't have the time? Trying to overcome a huge case of writer's block? Want to meet other writers? NaNoWriMo  or National Novel Writing Month is you chance.

Each year on Nov. 1 about half a million writers from all over the world converge on the internet and at local Write-In locations to work toward the goal of creating a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 PM on Nov. 30. That's a novel about the size of Catcher in the Rye.

The event began in 1999, and in 2005, National Novel Writing Month became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. NaNoWriMo’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, and the Young Writers Program.

In 2017:
  • 402,142 participants, including 95,912 students and educators in the Young Writers Program, started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
  • 972 volunteer Municipal Liaisons guided 646 regions on six continents.
  • 1,195 libraries, bookstores, and community centers opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program.
  • 65,962 Campers tackled a writing project—novel or not—at Camp NaNoWriMo.
  • In past surveys, 86% of respondents said that NaNoWriMo helped them learn what they can accomplish when determined. 89% of respondents said that NaNoWriMo made them more excited about writing and 87% of student participants in our Young Writers Program said that it made them more confident writers.
  • Hundreds of NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder
  • Each year, authors offer mentorship to our participants through pep talksPast author mentors have included Gene Luen Yang, Roxane Gay, John Green, N. K. Jemisin, and Veronica Roth.

Become a Participant

To get started in NaNoWriMo, use this Step by Step Guide:
  1. Fill out a Profile so other writers with similar interests can find you.
  2. Brainstorm a story for your Novel with Flagstaff Writers Connection.
  3. Announce your Novel to the world. This will help you stay the course when things get tough.

  4. Plan the plot for your Novel with NaNoWriMo, or NaNo Prep or C. Alex Smith. Or don't. Pantsers welcome!
  5. Select Flagstaff AZ as you home region.

    Each region has leaders who schedule meet and greets and writing sessions which usually take place at coffee houses or bookstores. Our leader is Cory. These sessions encourage writers to collaborate and share ideas. If you’re not into the idea of writing in public, the NaNoWriMo website also has numerous message boards so you can talk to writers from all over the world.
  6. Come November, WRITE! And earn Badges for reaching milestones.
  7. Get help when you get stuck. The encouragement that you receive is unparalleled. The website even e-mails inspirational quotes and messages to your WriMo inbox daily.
  8. Update your word count until you get to 50,000 words or more.
  9. Claim your Win by pasting the full text of the novel into the NaNo word counter. Winners can also claim prizes. You can even get a free copy of Scrivener for winning.
  10. NaNoWriMo also hooks you up with people who can help you find out what to do with your novel once it’s been completed.

NaNoWriMo Kick Off Event on 10/31/19

Start your NaNoWriMo challenge out at the stroke of midnight at the IHOP on Rte 66. Festivities start at 10 pm and last until 1 am. Costumes welcome. At midnight we settle in to write those first words of our 50,000 word challenge.




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Library of the Damned


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The Literary Community comes together each year in the last full week of September to honor our freedom to read and share ideaseven unpopular ideas. Banned Books Week spotlights historic and current attempts to censor literature in schools and libraries.

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You might be surprised at some of the books that have been banned in the past. Here is a short list:
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Some people have an underdeveloped sense of irony.)
Think of how much poorer your life would have been if the censorship of these books had been successful.

This year Flagstaff Writer's Connection invites you to read a brief excerpt of your favorite previously or currently banned book and post it to our website in the comments below. Or you can post it to our Facebook Page. You can also put it on You Tube and submit it to the National Virtual Read Out.

Here are some lists of Banned Books:

10 Classics
50 Books that were Banned
Banned and Challenged Classics
Top 11 Challenged Books of 2018
33 Must Read Banned Books

Learn More about Banned Books Week:

Banned Books Week Org
Banned Books Week on Facebook
American Library Association
Support the Right to Read
Bookmans of Flagstaff














The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
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Nature Writing Retreat: Eco Poetry & Prose

with 
poet, author, and writing instructor
Pam Davenport
“Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
~Mary Oliver, The Summer Day
Spend the day remembering you are part of Nature. This all day retreat in a Garden Setting will break down the barriers between you and the natural world. See things differently and discover how to use your Poetry and Prose to live and breathe and even to facilitate change.
Saturday, September 14
Check-In at 9:30 am
Instruction 10 am-4 pm
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Fee $50 before Sept 1 
and $60 in Sept.
(Includes entrance to Arboretum)
Participants limited to 25


Register by mailing Registration Form and Check payable to  Nancy Brehm
925 N. Sinagua Heights Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

For more info call or email Nancy at: 

928-527-3188


Arrive early and stay until 5 pm to enjoy the gardens. The Arboretum has lots of paths, a butterfly garden, a mushroom garden, art, a pond, and a climate change center. Maps and tours will be available after 9 am.


Participants should bring a brown bag lunch. Coolers will be available. Coffee, tea and muffins will be furnished in the morning. Healthy snacks and desserts will be available during the day. Participants are asked to bring a water bottle for refilling.

Pam Davenport's writing is inspired by the mountains and deserts of Arizona. After decades of teaching college writing and literature classes, Pam earned a Masters of Fine Arts in writing from Pacific University in Oregon. Her chapbook, A Midwest Girl Thanks Patti Smith won the Slipstream Chapbook Competition and will be published this summer. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and recipient of Arizona Authors' Assc. Annual Award for Poetry. Her poems have been published in Nimrod, Tinderbox, Slippery Elm, Poetry of the American Southwest, Chiron, New Verse News, and Pittsburgh Poetry Review.


After the Workshop

We had a great group on Sat for this workshop. The facilities were beautiful and the weather was perfect for our outside writing. Thanks to all who participated for making the workshop and the readings extraordinary.





Mark James, Flagstaff Arboretum Docent, gave a wonderful talk prior to our workshop on Sat. Plants discussed included columbine, yarrow, larkspur and puke weed. Thank you Mark for all the interesting info.






Deep Dive into Self Editing

Announcing a Deep Self-Editing Workshop Series

Did you completed your NaNoWriMo challenge of a 50,000 word manuscript?

Congratulations!

You're Amazing

No, really. Only 12-18% of participants in NaNoWriMo manage to win the challenge. You are among the persistent few and I, for one, salute you.

Or

Maybe you didn't take on the NaNoWriMo challenge but you have a manuscript that is a complete first draft ...

Or

nearly complete first draft.


That's still amazing. It takes persistence, and you are among the minority of the 81% of people who say they want to write a book or script someday.

The first draft tells you, the writer, the story. The next few drafts are about making the story palatable for a reader. That process is called Revision.

Cline Library and Flagstaff Writers Connection are teaming up to help you with the Revision process.

Join other local writers in a 6 month journey to systematically scrub your manuscript or script and get it ready for critique and then agent review. Workshops will be held about every 2 weeks on the weekends. The sessions will include a lecture, question and answer session, step wise exercises to buff your manuscript, and buddy exercises so you can meet other writers and form writer/critique alliances. All lectures and handouts will be published to the internet afterwards, so if you miss a lecture you won't miss out on any of the steps.


Let Your Manuscript Cool

Now that you completed this monumental amount of work, what do you do?

Nothing. Well, nothing with this first draft manuscript. Let is sit and cool off for 2-4 weeks. I mean it! Lock it up if you have to. Don't touch your manuscript or look at it for at least 2 weeks (4 weeks is better.) If you do that, I'll show you something magical at our first workshop.

Well maybe doing nothing is a too hard after kicking butt in word count for days on end. You don't have to completely sit on your hands. Brainstorm your NEXT manuscript. Have you seen our Brainstorming tab above? Or just start writing a new manuscript. Pantsers, you know who you are, I'm talking to you. Don't let those good writing habits you just developed go to waste.


Schedule:

1/26/19: Pre-Editing: The Cloud, Story Drivers, Story Structures, First Read Through, Series/Motiff
Attend this lecture from the internet through Google Hangouts. You will need high speed internet, a mic and a camera. The mic and camera on a smartphone work fine. Download the Google Hangout app before the meeting.

Downloads                                Cloud Apps
How to Use Google Slides             Scrivener                   
Presentation                               Google Drive
Presentation Script                    MS One Note
Plot Meets Character                 Amazon Drive
Book Report                              iCloud
Print MS                                    Carbonite
Plot Points                                 Sync.com
Plot Points by Driver                Sugar Sync
Star Wars Comparison              EverNote
(A Work in progress)

Books for Narrative Arc
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
Structuring Your Story by William C. Martell
Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson
Writing the Blockbuster by Albert Zuckerman
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
The Moral Premise by Stanley D. Williams
 Worksheet for Dan O’Bannon’s Conflict analysis
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (The original)
The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
Perfecting Plot by William Bernhardt (Briefer and more to the point.)
From Girl to Goddess by Valerie Estelle Frankel (If you’re working with a female lead character)

Books for Character Arc
The Plot Whisperer by Martha Anderson--This is a great book for beginners.
Write Your Novel from the Middle by James Scott Bell--I really like this one. I recommend if for everyone.
The Story Equation by Susan May Warren--Really helped me to see Character Arc structure.
The Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson--Easy way tof plot your novel before you write.
The Midpoint by Mary Lynn Mercer--Uses Sequences instead of Acts.

Books for Thematic Arc
Story by Robert McKee--Useful information about Value Progression.
Story Grid by Shawn Coyne
Blueprint Your Bestseller and  Book Architecture by Stuart Horowitz--My Favorite.
Dramatica by Melanie Anne Phillips--This is NOT a beginner’s book.
The Moral Premise by Stanley D. Williams

Handout comparing some of the structural elements

2/9/19: "Series": Working with Series, Series Grid, Key Scenes, Theme, Story as a Whole, Scrivener

2/16/19: Cutting: Word Count, Timekeeper, Values, Acts, Scenes, Beat Sheet, Synopsis,
Handouts
Homework
Nail Down you Premise
Major Series on Grid
Timekeeper Series
Cut Scenes
Cut Characters
Cut Locations
Grid Scenes in order to make a Beat Sheet
Synopsis
Teaser
Logline

3/2/19: Scenes: Scene vs. Sequel, Scene Eval, Character Driven, Plot Points, First and Last Page.

Handouts
Homework
Scene Rewrite Worksheet for all Scenes
Analyze 3 Published Openings
Analyze the Opening of your Fav 5
Analyze your Opening
Worst Ending Worksheet
Foreshadowing of Fav 5 Endings
Exchange you Opener with a partner
Exchange Teaser and Logline with partner











Color Analysis of 3 Openers: Blue=Dialogue
Orange=Action
Green=Setting/Senses;
Pink=Body Reaction
Yellow=Exposition, Thought, Backstory


4/20/19: Point of View and Causality

5/18/19: Finish POV

6/15/19: Causality/MRU--See end of POV Script

6/22/19Tension, Conflict, Emotion, Visceral Response



7/27/19Tension, Conflict, Emotion, Visceral Response

10/5/19: Finish Setting and start Action and Body Language


Action

Handouts

Homework

(This scene has great acting but also extreme nudity and adult language.)


10/12/19: Thought, Exposition, Backstory, Color Analysis

Internalization, Backstory, & Exposition
Handouts
Homework
Find a Beta-Reader for your Manuscript


10/26/19: Voice: Rhetorical Devices, Backloading, Simile, Metaphor, Cliche & Final Buffing: Word Searches, Grammar,  Critique Exchange
TBA: The Publishing Process, Left Overs, Troubleshooting, Last Chance Critique Exchange

All sessions will be 10 am to 12 pm at the NAU Cline Library, 1st floor Room 131. Parking is free on weekends in the back of the library off of Riordan Rd, behind Dunkin Donuts.
Cline Library and Parking