NaNoWriMo Youth Writing Workshops in Austin

Happy October, friends! I hope you’re doing what I’m doing these days! That is, writing spooky stories, picking your Halloween costumes, planning where to hide the Snickers bars from your own dear trick-or-treater children, and gearing up for NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month!

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Actually, I’m not planning to write a novel in November… well, maybe I am. But it’s not a classic novel, so I can’t get to 50,000 words like the official NaNo writers do to “win.” (If I did that, I would have two of the sort of books I’m writing at the moment!)

I am celebrating the Writer’s Month of November with the Austin Public Library by presenting a VERY COOL panel on novel writing for all ages, and teaching a free youth writing workshop! Here’s a link to sign up with details, but I’ll cut and paste the descriptions of all the November workshops below.

Jennifer Ziegler is also teaching… I may have to dress WAY too young and try to sneak into her workshop as a teen. I’m sure no one will notice the old lady taking notes furiously in the back…

Join me!

NaNoWriMo Author Panel

Wednesday, November 1 / 6:00 – 7:30 pm
New Central Library 

Featuring authors Nikki Loftin, Jennifer Ziegler, Charlotte Gullick, and Taya Kitaysky. Moderated by Writers’ League of Texas Executive Director Becka Oliver, this panel of writers will discuss the project of writing a novel—where to begin, how to plan, creating good habits, managing rough patches, as well as issues of craft. Nikki Loftin and Jennifer Ziegler typically write for young adult readers, and Charlotte Gullick and Taya Kitaysky write for adult audiences. This panel is a good fit for writers of all ages working on projects for various audiences.

NaNoWriMo Workshop: Plot Development

Wednesday, November 8 / 6:00-7:30 pm
New Central Library

How can a writer best manage different narrative threads in a novel project? To what extent must you plan, and how much of your plotting can be spontaneous? Join author Jennifer Ziegler for an exploration of how to string a compelling plot together and how how to keep it on track.

NaNoWriMo Workshop: Character Development

Wednesday, November 15 / 6:00-7:30 pm
New Central Library

Interesting, complex characters form the core of any great novel, but creating “fleshed out” imaginary people is no easy task. Join author Nikki Loftin for a discussion of character, including tips on better understanding the fictional people who populate your story.

All workshops are free and open to the public. No reservations needed. 


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