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Fort Bend County Libraries Hosting Several Events for National Novel-Writing Month

Updated: Oct 21, 2022

(FORT BEND COUNTY) - In recognition of National Novel-Writing Month in November, Fort Bend County Libraries encourages fledgling writers or anyone who has ever wanted to write a novel to join in this coast-to-coast annual writing challenge.


Established in 1999, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a creative-writing project designed to empower and inspire vibrant creativity among aspiring writers, who are encouraged to write 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November.


Throughout the month, Fort Bend County Libraries will host programs that are intended to encourage new writers by providing tips and tricks, writing and publishing advice and support from other aspiring novelists.


The Story Spinners Writing Club, which normally meets once a month at George Memorial Library, will meet weekly on Thursdays, Nov. 3, 10, and 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.. The topics will be “Character Agency,” “Voice,” and “Endings.” From beginning blogger to published novelist, writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to join the Story Spinners Writing Club to write, share, learn, support, network and critique each other’s work.


The Mission Bend Branch Library will present an introductory program, “NaNoWriMo 101,” on Saturday, Nov. 5, beginning at 2 p.m. Library staff from the Adult Services department will provide an overview of the writing initiative, how it works, and how to get started. Registration is required.


Write-ins – informal gatherings where novice writers can network with each other for encouragement and inspiration – are scheduled on Mondays, Nov. 7, 14, 21, and 28, at two locations: George Memorial Library in Richmond from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and at the Sienna Branch Library from 5 to 8 p.m. Join fellow writers for quiet writing time, word sprints, and feedback.


The Cinco Ranch Branch Library will also have a write-in opportunity for quiet time and feedback. This “Creative-Writing Workshop” will take place on Monday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.


Aspiring writers are invited to participate in FBCL’s Book Fest on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at George Memorial Library. This event will include writers’ workshops, presentations by Houston-based authors Liara Tamani and Valerie Sweeten, and a keynote address by Stephen Klineberg, author of Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America. A complete schedule of the day’s programs will be posted on the FBCL website.


Writers’ Corner workshop, “Pressbooks: Creating eBook & Printable Book Files,” will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Computer Lab at George Memorial Library. PressBooks allows authors to publish professional-quality ebooks and print-ready files. In this class, learn how to create a new book, set a theme template, add parts, chapters, and metadata, troubleshoot, and export as an ebook. Registration is required.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, or to sign up for the programs requiring registration, see Fort Bend County Libraries’ website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select and the library, and choose the program on the calendar, or call the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.



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