On November 5, Snow College held a mix of workshops, mentoring, and conferencing to support student authors participating in an event called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
Every November since 1999, a writing event called NaNoWrimohas taken place, uniting writers virtually, physically, and mentally in an effort to each write 50,000 words of their novels. The official NaNoWriMo page allows writers to make their own accounts where it will help track their writing and offer resources; in addition to this, Badger Writers are encouraged to come together in the library to discuss ideas and write. “It’s a really good thing for authors,” Casey Lamb, a mentor, says. “It gets them writing, which is the important thing.”
The meetings take place in room 307 of the Huntsman Library, starting with a quick sign-in and a brief discussion, before writers break out into writing, write-and-talk, and workshopping groups.
Snow College has participated in NaNoWriMo for three years already, with first the Library and then the English department taking charge of it. “NaNoWriMo has become part of our creative writing program,” Anita Slusser, Creative Writing Director, says. “We’re trying to make it more appealing to a wider range of students.”
As part of Snow’s participation, a ‘Write-a-thon’ will be held from 8:00 pm until 2:00 am on Friday November 22, and author Spencer Hyde will visit as a keynote speaker.
The NaNoWriMo meetings will be held again on November 12, 19, and 22, with the Write-a-thon on November 22, and Spencer Hyde’s keynote presentation TBA.