2021 Events

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Event logistics and zoom links are posted in our regional forum -- note: you will need to log into the nanowrimo.org forums to see these.

2021 Google Calendar Events

Welcome to the events page for NaperWriMo, the USA::Illinois::Naperville region of National Novel Writing Month.

Location: see location maps Be sure to bookmark http://naperwrimo.org/events that will always point to the latest Events page. This year will be the eighth Library Crawl (following 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020). Don't know what a write-in is? See All About Write-ins.

You may visit the calendar source: Naperville google calendar

Highlighted Events

  • Kick-off party: Oct 30, 1-3 PM
  • Nov 1st - Start Writing! (on your own)
  • Write-ins: see naperwrimo.org/logistics
  • The Great Race!: Nov 13, 1-3 PM
  • Mid-Month Social Break: Nov 13, 3-4 PM
  • All Day Write-In: Nov 20, 8 AM - 4 PM
  • Nov 30th, 11:59 PM -- Stop Writing!
  • Thank Goodness It's Over: Dec 4th, 1-3 pm

2021 Preparatory Workshops

  • Nichols Library (Naperville), 1-3 pm, Saturdays, October 9, 16, 23

National Novel Writing Month is a free, annual event each November to encourage people to write a 50,000+ word first draft of their novel. Anyone age 13+ can register at nanowrimo.org to participate. The Nichols Library, in collaboration with NaperWriMo, sponsors three preparatory workshops: October 9, 16, and 23, from 1-3 pm. Registration is required to receive the web conference link (due to the ongoing pandemic and NaNoWriMo policies for 2021, these events will be virtual; see naperwrimo.org/events to register and for the latest logistics).

  • October 9th: From idea to outline. This interactive workshop will help you explore where your ideas come from, the craft of story structure and character design, and exercises on novel story outlining. - Tim Yao
  • October 10th: How to Write A Novel When You Have No Plot - Jenny Johnson
  • October 16th: Story Wall Party. Need help fleshing out your story ideas? We will have breakout groups to take your story ideas to the next level. - Sam McAdams
  • October 23rd: Worldbuilding: It’s not just for sci-fi/fantasy. Come join a discussion on the importance of worldbuilding for contemporary fiction as well as science fiction/fantasy. - Jennifer Bauer
  • See NaNoWriMo workshops

Slack channel events

See the information on our Slack-based regional chatroom.

2022 Dates

  • NaNoWriMo Kick-off October 29,2022 - 1-3 PM
  • NaNoWriMo All Day Write-in November 12,2022 -10 AM - 6 PM
  • NaNoWriMo TGIO December 10,2022 - 1-3 PM

Nichols Library (NPL) 2021 Dates

These events will be virtual

  • Write-ins 1-4:30 pm, Sundays in November (Nov 7, 14, 21, 28)

Journey 2022 dates

Journey meetings

  • Saturday, January 8 (noon-3 pm)
  • Saturday, Feb 12 (noon-3 pm)
  • Saturday, March 12 (noon-3 pm)
  • Saturday, April 9 (noon - 3 pm)
  • Saturday, May 14 (noon-3 pm)
  • Saturday, June 11 (noon-3 pm)
  • Saturday, September 10 (noon-3 pm)
  • NOTE: All Journey events will be online-only

Shakespeare Reader's Theatre

  • Saturday, Feb 19 1-3 PM

Writer's Voice Workshop

  • Saturday, June 18, 1-4 PM