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NaNoWriMo: 2022 Events

National Novel Writing Month, November or NaNoWriMo is a challenge where people from all backgrounds try to write 50,000 words in a month.

About these Workshops

Creative Writing Workshops

These one-shot classes are a great way to learn from a variety of instructors about creative writing, brainstorming, and plot. Meet others in the writing community, expand your skills and learn. All skill levels are welcome.

Workshops are open to everyone in the community and are free!

No sign in is required.  Just show up!


Room 4202 in the Library

16101 Greenwood Ave N. 

Shoreline WA 98133

Research for Creative Writing

Lauren Bryant
Lauren V. Bryant

Research for Creative Writing

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 6:00 p.m.

Writing something historical? A murder mystery with medical details? Need believable facts or references? Attend this session to get quick and easy tools for looking stuff up!

Building Blocks of Mystery

Rebecca Demarest

Building Blocks of Mystery

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:00 p.m.

Writing a murder mystery?

Rebecca is an award-winning author, book designer, coach, and writing instructor practiced at working with adults and kids, including in a homeschool environment. Her primary areas of expertise revolves around speculative fiction, with practice in theater, historical fiction, mystery writing, and game writing. She enjoys individual coaching, manuscript evaluation, and teaching workshops and classes for a wide range of topics for adults and kids and has worked as an instructor and course designer with organizations such as the Bureau of Fearless Ideas in Seattle, Clarion West, DigiPen, and the Museum of Popular Culture.

Character and Plot

Gary Parks
Gary Parks

Character & Plot

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 6:00 p.m.

Gary Parks is a creative writing instructor published in Portland Review, Black Warrior Review, Grey's Sporting Journal, Alaska Quarterly, Spindrift, and others. This session will cover strategies for creating characters and developing a plot for a novel or short story.

Genre Session: Music

Michael Overa
Michael Overa

Music and Literature

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 6:00 p.m.

In this session Michael Overa will address some musical tropes that come up in literature and how you can create prose that allows readers to "hear" your story as well as read it. Music is such a wonderful way to incorporate a more sensory experience in a story. Learn more about how it's been done well and how novels have succeeded at using music to tell a story!



Michael Overa is a current fellow with the Jack Straw Writers Program and a former resident with Seattle’s Writers in the Schools (WITS) program. He is the author of two collections of short stories, This Endless Road and The Filled in Spaces. 

Rethinking Revision

Rebecca Demarest
Rebecca Demarest

Rethinking Revision

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 6:00 p.m.

As we approach the end of National Novel Writing Month, many will start revision or editing their novel. The cursed word "editing" doesn't have to be a chore as we can approach it with a creative and fun set of strategies.


Preptober Session 10/28 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Come to a session to help you prepare for the NaNoWriMo creative writing challenge. Get advice from others who have done NaNoWriMo before and learn ways to organize your time, outline, plan, and otherwise prepare for the month ahead!

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