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== Summary of 2012 Events ==
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== Upcoming Events ==
  
 
'''Location:''' [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php see location maps]
 
'''Location:''' [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php see location maps]
 
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Be sure to bookmark '''http://naperwrimo.org/events''' that will always point to the latest Events page ('''[2013 Events] page is now up''')
  
 
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  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid) and others
 
  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid) and others
 
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  | November 1 (Thursday)
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  | 9/15/2012 (Saturday)  
  | 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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  | 11:45 am - 3 pm
  | Caribou in Wheaton 
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| [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Naperville Naperville Municipal Center], Meeting room A
  | Write-in at Caribou 390 West Front Street, Wheaton, IL
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| The Journey
  | Like to start with coffee? Join this write-in.
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| This bring-your-own-lunch event may be to wrap up Journey activities or start preparing for NaNoWriMo
  | Carly (ThePiratess)
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| Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
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| 10/6/2012 (Saturday)
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| 1-3 PM CDT
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| [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Nichols Nichols Library, Naperville], Community Room (downstairs)
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| A general workshop to prepare for NaNoWriMo (Prep session #1)
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  | What do you need to do before November to improve your chances of not only finishing NaNoWriMo, but writing a novel that will continue to interest you and others afterwards? How can you tweak your story to evoke the right emotional response in your readers? What makes novels compelling? Come share your ideas with new and experienced writers in this workshop, engage in helpful writing/planning exercises and help ensure a successful NaNoWriMo experience.
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  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid) has been co-Municipal Liaison of the Naperville region of NaNoWriMo since 2005; and he has successfully completed NaNoWriMo every year starting in 2003. While he has not yet explored publication of his novels, he has participated in the three short story anthologies that the region's writing group has created; and he has stories in progress in two other short story anthologies. Tim has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois; he is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Alcatel-Lucent and a member of the Alcatel-Lucent Technical Academy.
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| 10/13/2012 (Saturday)
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| 1-3 PM CDT
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| [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#95 95th Street Library, Naperville], Meeting Room A
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| Prep session #2
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  | '''Pantsers need not apply'''.  In this session the group will deconstruct the plot of a well-known popular movie, focusing on character, character development, primary and secondary story arcs and the tension that drives the story to its conclusion. The second half of the session will focus on applying what was just learned to develop a new, community inspired plot - one worthy of the full NaNoWriMo treatment.
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| Tom Ostler  will participate in his fifth NaNoWriMo this November. He credits his writing success to the support of the Naperwrimo community and the saintly patience of his family each November. He has three novels to his credit and two published short stories with the Journey writing group – none of which would exist without Nano, and the Naperville community.
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| 10/20/2012 (Saturday)
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| 1-3 PM CDT
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| [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Nichols Nichols Library], Community Room (downstairs)
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| Prep session #3
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| In this session, Roger Lubeck will discuss how to prepare for NaNoWriMo based on his experience completing eight NaNoWriMo and he will provide writers with a Preparing for NaNoWriMo Self-assessment© that identifies important writing behaviors, habits, skills, and tools useful in writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Writers will be able to use the assessment to identify critical decisions in the writing process and to determine his/her strengths and weaknesses as a writers and novelist.
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| Roger C. Lubeck, Ph.D. Roger is the author of a number of professional publications on customer service, leadership, management, marketing, and sales. Roger and Chris Hanson are the authors of Finding the Right Path: A Guide to Leading and Managing A Title Insurance Company (2011). Roger is the author of two novels published in 2011: To the Western Border: A Fantasy Adventure, (Book One in The Council of Magic) and Bullseye. In addition, Roger is editing an anthology by The Journey about The Day Before the End of the World and he is completing Captiva, a sequel to Bullseye. Roger has a Ph.D. degree in Experimental Psychology. In his 35-year career, he has been a business consultant, workshop leader, retreat facilitator, public speaker, speechwriter, assistant professor, researcher, parent trainer, and dogcatcher.
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| 10/27/2012 (Saturday)
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| 11:45 am - 3 pm
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| [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Naperville Naperville Municipal Center], Meeting rooms BC
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| Kick-off pot-luck lunch
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| Come celebrate the start of National Novel Writing Month!
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  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
 
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  | November 1 (Thursday)
 
  | November 1 (Thursday)
  | 3-9 pm
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  | 3-8 pm
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]  
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]  
 
  | Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
 
  | Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
  | Get the month off to a great start by attending all or part of this write-in at a coffee shop with great chairs, lots of outlets, and yummy drinks.
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  | Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
 
  | Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
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| November 2 (Friday)
 
| 6:30-9 pm
 
| Starbucks near Eola & Ogden in Aurora
 
| Write-in at 2575 Ogden Ave, Aurora, IL
 
| Didn't get as much done as you'd like this week? Join the weekly Friday evening write-ins.
 
| Awake & Dave (TRRDEDEAN)
 
 
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  | November 3 (Saturday)
 
  | November 3 (Saturday)
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  | November 4 (Sunday)  
 
  | November 4 (Sunday)  
  | 1:30-4:30 pm
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  | 1:30-4:30 pm PM CDT
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Nichols Nichols Library, Naperville], Community Room (downstairs)
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Nichols Nichols Library, Naperville], Community Room (downstairs)
 
  | Write-in
 
  | Write-in
 
  | Come out! Bring your laptop and optional extension cord and power strip. You may bring snacks to share. We'll have word wars and NaNoBots prizes!
 
  | Come out! Bring your laptop and optional extension cord and power strip. You may bring snacks to share. We'll have word wars and NaNoBots prizes!
 
  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
 
  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
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| November 4 (Sunday)
 
| 5:00 pm - 10
 
| Caribou in Wheaton (390 West Front Street)
 
| Write-in
 
| Join three seasoned NaNo-coffee-shop writers for encouragement and competition.
 
| ThePiratess(Carly), CableShaft(Brian), Squiddish (Katherine)
 
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| November 5 (Monday)
 
| 6:30 -  9 pm
 
| [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]
 
| Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
 
| Need encouragement? Come to a Monday evening write-in.
 
| Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
 
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| November 5 (Monday)
 
| 6 -  8 pm
 
| Caribou in Downers Grove
 
| [http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/forums/usa-illinois-naperville/threads/72328 Write-in at Caribou in Downers Grove]
 
| Naperville too far? Join Corrupted Flame, sapphire, & catatone1 in Downers Grove
 
| Joe Turpin (Corrupted Flame)
 
 
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  | November 6 (Tuesday)
 
  | November 6 (Tuesday)
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  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]  
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]  
 
  | Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
 
  | Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
  | Need encouragement? Come to the weekly Tuesday morning write-in.
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  | Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
 
  | Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
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| November 7 (Wednesday)
 
| 4:30 - 8:30 pm
 
| Caribou in Aurora
 
| write in at 1147 North Eola Road, Aurora, IL.
 
| Break up your mid-week lull with weekly write-ins at Caribou in Aurora.
 
| Awake
 
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| November 8 (Thursday)
 
| 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
 
| Caribou in Wheaton 
 
| Write-in at Caribou 390 West Front Street, Wheaton, IL
 
| Like to write at Caribou with company? Join this write-in.
 
| Carly (ThePiratess)
 
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| November 9 (Friday)
 
| 6:30-9 pm
 
| Starbucks near Eola & Ogden in Aurora
 
| Write-in at 2575 Ogden Ave, Aurora, IL
 
| Didn't get as much done as you'd like this week? Join the weekly Friday evening write-ins.
 
| Awake & Dave (TRRDEDEAN)
 
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| November 10 (Saturday)
 
| 10 am - 8 pm
 
| A variety of locations in Naperville and Warrenville
 
| Progressive Write-in (we move from place to place, but I think we can limit it to 10 miles of driving once you get to the first Caribou)
 
| Bring a laptop with a good battery (not every place will have good outlets, although most will), your files (not every place will have wifi, money for coffee/snacks/meals (nothing pricey and not everyone has to buy something at every place, but if we're taking up tables in a restaurant or coffee shop, someone should buy something), and a sense of adventure.
 
 
We're going to start at the Caribou at 1523 North Aurora Road #107, Naperville, write for an hour, then move on to another place, then break for lunch (followed by some writing at that spot), then move on to another spot, and another, dinner at Rock Bottom, before ending up at the same Caribou we started at. Details on exactly where will be posted once we finalize them so people can join us whenever they can. Join for part, or hang with us all day and see how much fun writing can be! Note, because we will be moving around a lot, if it takes you a long time to set up, you can choose to skip one of the 'moves' and join us at the one after. That's fine as long as it's not a place we made a special arrangement with for a limited time. But try to borrow a laptop that can quickly restart, or consider writing long-hang so you can easily pick up and go.
 
| Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting) & Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
 
 
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  | November 11 (Sunday)  
 
  | November 11 (Sunday)  
  | 1:30-4:30 pm
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  | 1:30-4:30 PM CDT
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#95 95th Street Library, Naperville], Meeting Room A
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#95 95th Street Library, Naperville], Meeting Room A
 
  | Write-in
 
  | Write-in
 
  | Come out! Bring your laptop and optional extension cord and power strip. You may bring snacks to share. We'll have word wars and NaNoBots prizes!
 
  | Come out! Bring your laptop and optional extension cord and power strip. You may bring snacks to share. We'll have word wars and NaNoBots prizes!
 
  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
 
  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
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| November 11 (Sunday)
 
| 5:00 pm - 10
 
| Caribou in Wheaton (390 West Front Street)
 
| Write-in
 
| Join three seasoned NaNo-coffee-shop writers for encouragement and competition.
 
| ThePiratess(Carly), CableShaft(Brian), Squiddish (Katherine)
 
 
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  | November 12 (Monday)
 
  | November 12 (Monday)
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  | Sarah Kovacs
 
  | Sarah Kovacs
 
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| November 12 (Monday)
 
| 6 -  8 pm
 
| Caribou in Downers Grove
 
| [http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/forums/usa-illinois-naperville/threads/72328 Write-in at Caribou in Downers Grove]
 
| Naperville too far? Join Corrupted Flame, sapphire, & catatone1 in Downers Grove
 
| Joe Turpin (Corrupted Flame)
 
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| November 12 (Monday)
 
| 6:30 -  9 pm
 
| [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]
 
| Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
 
| Need encouragement? Come to a Monday evening write-in.
 
| Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
 
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  | November 13 (Tuesday)
 
  | November 13 (Tuesday)
 
  | 9:30 - 11:30 am
 
  | 9:30 - 11:30 am
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]  
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]  
 
  | Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
 
  | Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
  | Need encouragement? Come to the weekly Tuesday morning write-in.
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  | Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
 
  | Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
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| November 14 (Wednesday)
 
| 9:30-11:30 am
 
| Corner House Cafe in Lombard
 
| [http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/forums/usa-illinois-naperville/threads/74946 Corner House Cafe write-in Nov 14]
 
| Carol has reserved a long table at the Corner House Cafe in Lombard for a write in. 100 W. St. Charles Rd. The time is 9:30 to 11:30 am on Wednesday November 14. They have fancy coffee drinks, tea and smoothies. Carol provide an assortment of their varied and delicious pastries to share.
 
| Carol Gaus
 
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| November 14 (Wednesday)
 
| 4:30 - 8:30 pm
 
| Caribou in Aurora
 
| write in at 1147 North Eola Road, Aurora, IL.
 
| Break up your mid-week lull with weekly write-ins at Caribou in Aurora.
 
| Awake
 
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| November 15 (Thursday)
 
| 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
 
| Caribou in Wheaton 
 
| Write-in at Caribou 390 West Front Street, Wheaton, IL
 
| Like to write at Caribou with company? Join this write-in.
 
| Carly (ThePiratess)
 
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| November 16 (Friday)
 
| 9:30 - 11:30 am
 
| [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]
 
| Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
 
| Not as far along as you like? Or want some extra encouragement to keep going? Come to this (and a lunch meet-up nearby afterward.)
 
| Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
 
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| November 16 (Friday)
 
| 11:35 am - 1 pm
 
| Rock Bottom (28256 Diehl Road, Warrenville)
 
| Lunch time meet up
 
| Want a break from typing but still want to talk about writing? Join us for a lunch-time meet-up.
 
| Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting) & Barry (FinBarrMcG)
 
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| November 16 (Friday)
 
| 6:30-9 pm
 
| Starbucks near Eola & Ogden in Aurora
 
| Write-in at 2575 Ogden Ave, Aurora, IL
 
| Didn't get as much done as you'd like this week? Join the weekly Friday evening write-ins.
 
| Awake & Dave (TRRDEDEAN)
 
 
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  | November 17 (Saturday)
 
  | November 17 (Saturday)
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  | November 18 (Sunday)  
 
  | November 18 (Sunday)  
  | 1:30-4:30 pm  
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  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Nichols Nichols Library, Naperville], Community Room (downstairs)
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Nichols Nichols Library, Naperville], Community Room (downstairs)
 
  | Write-in
 
  | Write-in
 
  | Come out! Bring your laptop and optional extension cord and power strip. You may bring snacks to share. We'll have word wars and NaNoBots prizes!
 
  | Come out! Bring your laptop and optional extension cord and power strip. You may bring snacks to share. We'll have word wars and NaNoBots prizes!
 
  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
 
  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
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| November 18 (Sunday)
 
| 5:00 pm - 10
 
| Caribou in Wheaton (390 West Front Street)
 
| Write-in
 
| Join three seasoned NaNo-coffee-shop writers for encouragement and competition.
 
| ThePiratess(Carly), CableShaft(Brian), Squiddish (Katherine)
 
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| November 19 (Monday)
 
| 6:30 -  9 pm
 
| [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]
 
| Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
 
| Need encouragement? Come to a Monday evening write-in.
 
| Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
 
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| November 19 (Monday)
 
| 6 -  8 pm
 
| Caribou in Downers Grove
 
| [http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/forums/usa-illinois-naperville/threads/72328 Write-in at Caribou in Downers Grove]
 
| Naperville too far? Join Corrupted Flame, sapphire, & catatone1 in Downers Grove
 
| Joe Turpin (Corrupted Flame)
 
 
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  | November 20 (Tuesday)
 
  | November 20 (Tuesday)
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  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]  
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]  
 
  | Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
 
  | Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
  | Need encouragement? Come to the weekly Tuesday morning write-in.
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  | Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
 
  | Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
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  | November 21 (Wednesday)
 
| 4:30 - 8:30 pm
 
| Caribou in Aurora
 
| write in at 1147 North Eola Road, Aurora, IL.
 
| Break up your mid-week lull with weekly write-ins at Caribou in Aurora.
 
| Awake
 
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  | November 25 (Sunday)  
 
  | November 25 (Sunday)  
  | 1:30-4:30 pm
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  | 1:30-4:30 PM CDT
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#95 95th Street Library, Naperville], Meeting Room A
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#95 95th Street Library, Naperville], Meeting Room A
 
  | Write-in
 
  | Write-in
 
  | Come out! Bring your laptop and optional extension cord and power strip. You may bring snacks to share. We'll have word wars and NaNoBots prizes!
 
  | Come out! Bring your laptop and optional extension cord and power strip. You may bring snacks to share. We'll have word wars and NaNoBots prizes!
 
  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
 
  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
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| November 25 (Sunday)
 
| 5:00 pm - 10
 
| Caribou in Wheaton (390 West Front Street)
 
| Write-in
 
| Join three seasoned NaNo-coffee-shop writers for encouragement and competition.
 
| ThePiratess(Carly), CableShaft(Brian), Squiddish (Katherine)
 
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| November 26 (Monday)
 
| 6:30 -  9 pm
 
| [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]
 
| Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
 
| Need encouragement? Come to a Monday evening write-in.
 
| Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
 
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| November 26 (Monday)
 
| 6 -  8 pm
 
| Caribou in Downers Grove
 
| [http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/forums/usa-illinois-naperville/threads/72328 Write-in at Caribou in Downers Grove]
 
| Naperville too far? Join Corrupted Flame, sapphire, & catatone1 in Downers Grove
 
| Joe Turpin (Corrupted Flame)
 
 
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  | November 27 (Tuesday)
 
  | November 27 (Tuesday)
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  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]  
 
  | [http://naperwrimo.org/locations.php#Caribou Caribou in Naperville]  
 
  | Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
 
  | Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107)
  | Need encouragement? Come to the weekly Tuesday morning write-in.
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  | Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
 
  | Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
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| November 28 (Wednesday)
 
| 4:30 - 8:30 pm
 
| Caribou in Aurora
 
| write in at 1147 North Eola Road, Aurora, IL.
 
| Break up your mid-week lull with weekly write-ins at Caribou in Aurora.
 
| Awake
 
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| November 29 (Thursday)
 
| 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
 
| Caribou in Wheaton 
 
| Write-in at Caribou 390 West Front Street, Wheaton, IL
 
| Like Caribou and company while writing? Join this write-in.
 
| Carly (ThePiratess)
 
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| November 30 (Friday)
 
| 6:30-9 pm
 
| Starbucks near Eola & Ogden in Aurora
 
| Write-in at 2575 Ogden Ave, Aurora, IL
 
| Didn't get as much done as you'd like this week? Join the weekly Friday evening write-ins.
 
| Awake & Dave (TRRDEDEAN)
 
 
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  | December 8 (Saturday)  
 
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  | TGIO pot-luck lunch
 
  | TGIO pot-luck lunch
 
  | Thank Goodness It's Over! Come celebrate the end of National Novel Writing Month!
 
  | Thank Goodness It's Over! Come celebrate the end of National Novel Writing Month!
  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid) & Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
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  | Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
 
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  | January 7 (Monday)
 
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=== Post-NaNo Events ===
 
=== Post-NaNo Events ===
 
* January 7 (Monday), at 6:30 pm, Carol Stream Public Library: A literary agent and author will present "10 Secrets to Getting Your Book Published."
 
* January 7 (Monday), at 6:30 pm, Carol Stream Public Library: A literary agent and author will present "10 Secrets to Getting Your Book Published."
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== 2013 Planning ==
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Naperville Municipal Center, 11:45 AM-3 PM
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* 1/12 - Meeting Rooms BC (Journey)
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* 2/2 - Meeting Rooms BC (Journey)
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* 3/9 - Meeting Rooms BC (Journey)
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* 4/13 - Meeting Rooms BC (Journey)
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* 5/11 - Meeting Rooms BC (Journey)
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* 6/8 - Lunchroom (Journey)
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* 9/14 - Meeting Rooms BC (Journey)
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* 10/26 - Meeting Rooms BC (Kick-off)
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* 12/7 - Meeting Rooms BC (TGIO)

Latest revision as of 12:25, 22 August 2013


Upcoming Events

Location: see location maps Be sure to bookmark http://naperwrimo.org/events that will always point to the latest Events page ([2013 Events] page is now up)

Date Time Location Event Description Organizer
Thursdays 7:45-9:00 pm (and beyond) In our Naperville jabber chatroom Virtual get-together (most weeks) Chit-chat from 7:45-8 pm; meeting from 8-9 pm; NaNoMail NewMexicoKid if you want an account Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid) and others
9/15/2012 (Saturday) 11:45 am - 3 pm Naperville Municipal Center, Meeting room A The Journey This bring-your-own-lunch event may be to wrap up Journey activities or start preparing for NaNoWriMo Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
10/6/2012 (Saturday) 1-3 PM CDT Nichols Library, Naperville, Community Room (downstairs) A general workshop to prepare for NaNoWriMo (Prep session #1) What do you need to do before November to improve your chances of not only finishing NaNoWriMo, but writing a novel that will continue to interest you and others afterwards? How can you tweak your story to evoke the right emotional response in your readers? What makes novels compelling? Come share your ideas with new and experienced writers in this workshop, engage in helpful writing/planning exercises and help ensure a successful NaNoWriMo experience. Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid) has been co-Municipal Liaison of the Naperville region of NaNoWriMo since 2005; and he has successfully completed NaNoWriMo every year starting in 2003. While he has not yet explored publication of his novels, he has participated in the three short story anthologies that the region's writing group has created; and he has stories in progress in two other short story anthologies. Tim has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois; he is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Alcatel-Lucent and a member of the Alcatel-Lucent Technical Academy.
10/13/2012 (Saturday) 1-3 PM CDT 95th Street Library, Naperville, Meeting Room A Prep session #2 Pantsers need not apply. In this session the group will deconstruct the plot of a well-known popular movie, focusing on character, character development, primary and secondary story arcs and the tension that drives the story to its conclusion. The second half of the session will focus on applying what was just learned to develop a new, community inspired plot - one worthy of the full NaNoWriMo treatment. Tom Ostler will participate in his fifth NaNoWriMo this November. He credits his writing success to the support of the Naperwrimo community and the saintly patience of his family each November. He has three novels to his credit and two published short stories with the Journey writing group – none of which would exist without Nano, and the Naperville community.
10/20/2012 (Saturday) 1-3 PM CDT Nichols Library, Community Room (downstairs) Prep session #3 In this session, Roger Lubeck will discuss how to prepare for NaNoWriMo based on his experience completing eight NaNoWriMo and he will provide writers with a Preparing for NaNoWriMo Self-assessment© that identifies important writing behaviors, habits, skills, and tools useful in writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Writers will be able to use the assessment to identify critical decisions in the writing process and to determine his/her strengths and weaknesses as a writers and novelist. Roger C. Lubeck, Ph.D. Roger is the author of a number of professional publications on customer service, leadership, management, marketing, and sales. Roger and Chris Hanson are the authors of Finding the Right Path: A Guide to Leading and Managing A Title Insurance Company (2011). Roger is the author of two novels published in 2011: To the Western Border: A Fantasy Adventure, (Book One in The Council of Magic) and Bullseye. In addition, Roger is editing an anthology by The Journey about The Day Before the End of the World and he is completing Captiva, a sequel to Bullseye. Roger has a Ph.D. degree in Experimental Psychology. In his 35-year career, he has been a business consultant, workshop leader, retreat facilitator, public speaker, speechwriter, assistant professor, researcher, parent trainer, and dogcatcher.
10/27/2012 (Saturday) 11:45 am - 3 pm Naperville Municipal Center, Meeting rooms BC Kick-off pot-luck lunch Come celebrate the start of National Novel Writing Month! Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
November 1 (Thursday) 3-8 pm Caribou in Naperville Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107) Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
November 3 (Saturday) 10 am-noon Carol Stream Public Library Write-in There will be coffee, donuts and prizes! Sarah Kovacs
November 3 (Saturday) 1:30-4:30 pm Woodridge Public Library Write-in Come out for some productive yet fun writing! Catherine Brennan (Cee-Bee)
November 4 (Sunday) 1:30-4:30 pm PM CDT Nichols Library, Naperville, Community Room (downstairs) Write-in Come out! Bring your laptop and optional extension cord and power strip. You may bring snacks to share. We'll have word wars and NaNoBots prizes! Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
November 6 (Tuesday) 9:30 - 11:30 am Caribou in Naperville Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107) Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
November 11 (Sunday) 1:30-4:30 PM CDT 95th Street Library, Naperville, Meeting Room A Write-in Come out! Bring your laptop and optional extension cord and power strip. You may bring snacks to share. We'll have word wars and NaNoBots prizes! Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
November 12 (Monday) 6-8 pm Carol Stream Public Library Write-in There will be coffee, donuts and prizes! Sarah Kovacs
November 13 (Tuesday) 9:30 - 11:30 am Caribou in Naperville Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107) Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
November 17 (Saturday) 1:30-4:30 pm Woodridge Public Library Write-in Come out for some productive yet fun writing! Catherine Brennan (Cee-Bee)
November 18 (Sunday) 1:30-4:30 pm PM CDT Nichols Library, Naperville, Community Room (downstairs) Write-in Come out! Bring your laptop and optional extension cord and power strip. You may bring snacks to share. We'll have word wars and NaNoBots prizes! Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
November 20 (Tuesday) 9:30 - 11:30 am Caribou in Naperville Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107) Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
November 25 (Sunday) 1:30-4:30 PM CDT 95th Street Library, Naperville, Meeting Room A Write-in Come out! Bring your laptop and optional extension cord and power strip. You may bring snacks to share. We'll have word wars and NaNoBots prizes! Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
November 27 (Tuesday) 9:30 - 11:30 am Caribou in Naperville Write-in at Caribou (near Dominick's, 1523 North Aurora Road #107) Katherine Lato (KatherineWriting)
December 8 (Saturday) 11:45 am - 3 pm Naperville Municipal Center, Meeting rooms BC TGIO pot-luck lunch Thank Goodness It's Over! Come celebrate the end of National Novel Writing Month! Tim Yao (NewMexicoKid)
January 7 (Monday) 6:30 pm Carol Stream Public Library "10 Secrets to Getting Your Book Published." A literary agent and author will present "10 Secrets to Getting Your Book Published." Sarah Kovacs


See the notes and slides from our three October prep sessions for 2011

Jabber events

Send NaNoMail to NewMexicoKid and request your jabber account to join in on the jabber chatroom write-ins.

2012 Planning

Events at the Naperville Municipal Center

  • Sept. 15 - 11:45 - 2:30 pm - Meeting Room A -- NaNoWriMo Prep Session
  • Oct. 27 - 11:45 - 3:00 pm - Lunch Room NaNoWriMo (kick-off)
  • Dec. 8 - 11:45 - 3:00 pm - Meeting Rooms BC (TGIO)

Prep sessions

Other Write-Ins

These aren't on the calendar since we're not sure that anyone from our region will be there. (Most were organized by libraries directly with HQ)

Post-NaNo Events

  • January 7 (Monday), at 6:30 pm, Carol Stream Public Library: A literary agent and author will present "10 Secrets to Getting Your Book Published."

2013 Planning

Naperville Municipal Center, 11:45 AM-3 PM

  • 1/12 - Meeting Rooms BC (Journey)
  • 2/2 - Meeting Rooms BC (Journey)
  • 3/9 - Meeting Rooms BC (Journey)
  • 4/13 - Meeting Rooms BC (Journey)
  • 5/11 - Meeting Rooms BC (Journey)
  • 6/8 - Lunchroom (Journey)
  • 9/14 - Meeting Rooms BC (Journey)
  • 10/26 - Meeting Rooms BC (Kick-off)
  • 12/7 - Meeting Rooms BC (TGIO)