National Novel Writing Month kicks off Friday

  National Novel Writing Month or “NaNoWriMo,” a national event that challenges writers from across the country to write a novel in a month, gets started Friday with local events organized by the University of Alaska Southeast Writing Center, Bookstore by the Bay and the Juneau Public Libraries.

Participating writers will be meeting up at the Silverbow Back Room for an intital meeting this Friday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m.

Writers are also invited to the Douglas Library on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. for a write-in.

The challenge: to write 1,600 words a day at home, on campus, or at several participating coffee shops around town where writers can sign in and enter their word count to be eligible for incentive drawings.

Local businesses who have signed up so far to provide prizes, incentives, and a place to write during the month of November include The Rookery, Coppa, Silverbow, and Heritage Coffee. Writers who sign in and record their word count at Heritage’s South Franklin, Second Street, Glacier, or Spike’s cafes can drink half-priced drip coffee all month while writing.    

For more information, call Liz Dodd, UAS Writing Specialist, at 723-5352 or visit

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