National Novel Writing Month at Cleveland Public Library

NaNoWriMoNovember is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and for many people it means writing, writing, and more writing, until they have written 50,000 words of a novel by the end of November. Now in its 19th year, NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write a new/original work in 30 days—between 12:00 a.m. November 1 and 11:59 p.m. November 30. This writing marathon offers the perfect challenge for those who want to jump-start a novel.

2017 NaNoWriMo PREP

Join us to receive helpful handouts and learn everything you need to know to get started. Participants will receive (while supply lasts) a writing survival kit to help them stay inspired and motivated to the very end.

Saturday, October 21 • 3:00 p.m.
Literature Department
Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library

Main Library, 2nd Floor

For more details, contact the Literature Department at 216.623.2881.

Come Write-In Meet-Ups

Cleveland Public Library is also providing dedicated writing space for participants to meet, write and find resources to help them with their project.

Thursdays, November 2, 9, 16 & 30
5:00–7:00 p.m.

East 131st Street Branch

For more information contact East 131st Street Branch at 216.623.6941.


To learn more about NaNoWriMo, go to
Signing up is optional; you don’t need to create an account to participate in either library program.


Helpful books at Cleveland Public Library

First Draft in 30 DaysFirst Draft in 30 Days: A Novel Writer’s System for Building a Complete and Cohesive Manuscript
by Karen Wiesner
Writer’s Digest Books, 2005

Write Your Novel in a MonthWrite Your Novel in a Month: How to Complete a First Draft in 30 Days and What to Do Next
by Jeff Gerke
Writer’s Digest Books, 2013

No Plot? No Problem! A Low-stress, High-Velocity Guide To Writing a Novel in 30 Days
by Chris Baty
Chronicle Books, 2014

Fast FictionFast Fiction: Creating Fiction in Five Minutes
by Roberta Allen
Story Press, 1997

Writer's Market 2017Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2017
Writer’s Digest Book