After the Event: NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month. Writers are invited to signup to the NaNoWriMo challenge: to write 50,000 words in one month. Yes! that’s correct – fifty thousand in thirty days!

In the final count down we had 81 participants who completed the full month of writing in the Perth South region and of those 49 reached or exceeded their goal of 50,000 words in November. Fantastic result!

The total number of words written by our participants was…. <drum roll>…. 4,266,391 words. Four million, two hundred and sixty six thousand, three hundred and ninety one words. A massive result! Congratulations to all our participants – every word counts!!

Over the month each of the 7 councils who partnered to host NaNoWriMo held a range of supportive and encouraging events:

NaNoWriMo Info Sessions were held in each library to provide information about how it all works and what to do, as well as answer questions and encourage people to participate.

Each library had a weekly Write In where participants could gather to write, share their experiences, ask questions and receive support from the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liason for the Perth South region; Rebecca Laffar-Smith. Rebecca is an experienced NaNoWriMo participant who has just self published her debut novel: The Flight of Torque.

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Book Launches, Author Talks & Writing Workshops were held throughout the month at all the libraries. Authors & presenters included: Sioban Timmer, Shane McCarthy, David Whish-Wilson, Rosanne Dingly and Lee Battersby.

The final event of the month is a Write Night. This event is designed to give our participants a last boost to reach their writing goal and celebrate all they have achieved. It is a night of fun and writing, laughter and learning. A panel of writers and publishing professionals are available to answer questions and provide advice and guidance to all participants. The photos in this blog post are from this years Write Night held at the South Perth Community Halls.

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Write Night 2014: some of the Write Along the Highway Library Team, participants and the panel.


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author Sioban Timmer discussing writing technique with a participant

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publisher and editor Andrew Harvey answering questions from participants




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