Welcome to the NaperWriMo Library Crawl, part of the local events supporting the USA::Illinois::Naperville region of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Be sure to consider attending some or all of our four planned workshops in October (as always, all of our events are free!).
Writing a novel can be a daunting experience--it is a complex, huge task. But if you ease into it like the traveler did in the Stone Soup story, you will find that it can be a manageable, rich experience that you can savor.
- 1 What are the write-in logistics?
- 2 What is the Library Crawl?
- 3 What do NaNo participants do?
- 4 How do I keep my collected cards?
- 5 How do I enter the raffle?
- 6 How many prizes can I win?
- 7 Do I have to be present to win?
- 8 What do NaNo participants get?
- 9 Which libraries are participating?
- 10 How do I prepare for NaNoWriMo?
- 11 What if a library has more than one write-in scheduled and I go to all of them?
- 12 What do I do with all of the ingredient cards?
What are the write-in logistics?
What is the Library Crawl?
The brainchild of Sarah Kovac (librarian at Carol Stream and sarahk06 on NaNoWriMo), the Library Crawl is intended to add a bit of fun to NaNoWriMo and encourage participants to visit each of the participating libraries in November, attending their write-in events.
What do NaNo participants do?
Just attend the scheduled write-ins and be sure to pick up the library-specific index card from the write-in host. Each library card playfully shows a different ingredient for your novel stone soup--be sure to collect all of them!
How do I keep my collected cards?
We will be giving out free NaNoWriMo hipster PDAs (the 2014 version) at the Preparatory Workshops in October for you to use to store your cards. If any are available in November, we'll be glad to share them while supplies last. Otherwise, you will be able to download the file and print out your own. :-)
How do I enter the raffle?
Bring your novel stone soup ingredient cards to the TGIO party on Saturday, December 6 at the Naperville Municipal Center. Each card will be punched for a raffle ticket into the prize drawing.
How many prizes can I win?
Collecting many cards will contribute to your chances to win; however each participant can win a maximum of one prize.
Do I have to be present to win?
Yes, to win a prize you must attend the TGIO party. However, if you can't make it you are still welcome to participate for the pride of completion!
What do NaNo participants get?
Each card you get will be good for one special raffle ticket at the December 6th TGIO (Thank Goodness It's Over) Pot-luck Party. Several of the libraries will be contributing great prizes for the raffle.
Which libraries are participating?
The following libraries are participating in the inaugural 2014 Library Crawl:
- Aurora (the Main branch and Eola Road branch)
- Carol Stream
- Downers Grove
- Glen Ellyn
- Helen Plum Library (Lombard)
- Indian Prairie (Darien)
- Naperville (Nichols Library and the 95th Street Library)
- Messenger Public Library (North Aurora)
You can find the logistics for their write-ins on the [NaperWriMo calendar http://naperwrimo.org/events]. There is also information there on preparatory workshops in October that can help you prepare for NaNoWriMo.
How do I prepare for NaNoWriMo?
There are four preparatory workshops in October this year. See the [NaperWriMo calendar http://naperwrimo.org/events] for details. If you've missed the preparatory workshops, see the notes and slides from all our past workshops.
What if a library has more than one write-in scheduled and I go to all of them?
You can receive one ingredient index card per write-in attended.
What do I do with all of the ingredient cards?
As you collect them, you can add them to your NaNoWriMo hipster PDA. In 2014, we will be distributing the hipster PDAs at the preparatory workshops in October.