NaNoWriMo at Woollahra Libraries

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Join Woollahra Libraries in the National Novel Writing Month challenge.

We invite you to take part in National Novel Writing Month - also known as NaNoWriMo. It's a free, global writing program that challenges participants to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. It’s open to anyone over the age of 17 who has ever dreamed of writing a novel – or just likes a challenge.

On this page, you'll find information about NaNoWriMo, a link to register for the challenge, an FAQ, latest news and key dates of our NaNoWriMo activities.

In the lead up to November, we're holding free monthly workshops designed to help writers prepare for the 50,000 word challenge. Topics range from research to editing, led by seasoned writers and experts.

We've also set up online forums and encourage you join the discussion - chat with other writers, brainstorm ideas, exchange helpful tips and ask questions.

Our support continues into November - when the NaNoWriMo challenge officially begins. Participants can write from any location - in the privacy of their homes, on public transport, in busy cafes or at their local library. That’s where we come (write) in!

Woollahra Libraries is an official NaNoWriMo Come Write In venue, helping connect libraries to local NaNoWriMo participants and creating a supportive writing community during the process. Throughout November, our Paddington, Watsons Bay and Double Bay libraries will have dedicated spaces for NaNoWriMos to gather, write and brainstorm. We’ll also be providing light refreshments to keep our writers energised as they work toward the 50,000 word target.

Here's how you can you get involved!

1. Register for Your Say Woollahra. You only need to register once to take part in this and any other of Council's Your Say Woollahra online engagement activities.

2. Sign up to participate in NaNoWriMo – it’s free! You'll need to sign up in order to record your daily word count.

3. Read our FAQ and other useful information. It's all accessible on this page.

4. Participate in our NaNoWriMo forums. These are online forums for local writers to connect, brainstorm and create a vibrant local NaNoWriMo community.

5. Book your place at our writing workshops. Attend one or all of our writing-themed workshops. There is no cost to attend. Registration is essential.

Join Woollahra Libraries in the National Novel Writing Month challenge.

We invite you to take part in National Novel Writing Month - also known as NaNoWriMo. It's a free, global writing program that challenges participants to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. It’s open to anyone over the age of 17 who has ever dreamed of writing a novel – or just likes a challenge.

On this page, you'll find information about NaNoWriMo, a link to register for the challenge, an FAQ, latest news and key dates of our NaNoWriMo activities.

In the lead up to November, we're holding free monthly workshops designed to help writers prepare for the 50,000 word challenge. Topics range from research to editing, led by seasoned writers and experts.

We've also set up online forums and encourage you join the discussion - chat with other writers, brainstorm ideas, exchange helpful tips and ask questions.

Our support continues into November - when the NaNoWriMo challenge officially begins. Participants can write from any location - in the privacy of their homes, on public transport, in busy cafes or at their local library. That’s where we come (write) in!

Woollahra Libraries is an official NaNoWriMo Come Write In venue, helping connect libraries to local NaNoWriMo participants and creating a supportive writing community during the process. Throughout November, our Paddington, Watsons Bay and Double Bay libraries will have dedicated spaces for NaNoWriMos to gather, write and brainstorm. We’ll also be providing light refreshments to keep our writers energised as they work toward the 50,000 word target.

Here's how you can you get involved!

1. Register for Your Say Woollahra. You only need to register once to take part in this and any other of Council's Your Say Woollahra online engagement activities.

2. Sign up to participate in NaNoWriMo – it’s free! You'll need to sign up in order to record your daily word count.

3. Read our FAQ and other useful information. It's all accessible on this page.

4. Participate in our NaNoWriMo forums. These are online forums for local writers to connect, brainstorm and create a vibrant local NaNoWriMo community.

5. Book your place at our writing workshops. Attend one or all of our writing-themed workshops. There is no cost to attend. Registration is essential.

  • Introducing Belinda Castles

    6 days ago
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    Woollahra Libraries is pleased to share that the facilitator of our third writing workshop - Seeing the World Through Character is Dr Belinda Castles.

    Belinda is the award-winning author of four novels, most recently Bluebottle. She has studied and taught in the UK and Australia, recently returning to Sydney from a period as Lecturer in Creative Writing and Director of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.

    She is currently working on an edited collection of essays on Australian fiction for writing students and a novel on literary envy.


    Woollahra Libraries is pleased to share that the facilitator of our third writing workshop - Seeing the World Through Character is Dr Belinda Castles.

    Belinda is the award-winning author of four novels, most recently Bluebottle. She has studied and taught in the UK and Australia, recently returning to Sydney from a period as Lecturer in Creative Writing and Director of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.

    She is currently working on an edited collection of essays on Australian fiction for writing students and a novel on literary envy.


  • Highlights from Writing Workshop 2

    about 1 month ago
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    On Wednesday 24 July the Library had a full house for our second workshop in the lead up to NaNoWriMo on the topic of ‘Starting a Novel’. A diverse group of twenty attended the workshop facilitated by screen writer and author Margaret Morgan. Margaret published her debut novel in 2018 titled ‘The Second Cure’ and was a wealth of knowledge on taking the first steps in beginning the process of writing a novel and using existing skills and knowledge to your advantage.

    Remember to register for Your Say Woollahra so you can take part in discussion...

    On Wednesday 24 July the Library had a full house for our second workshop in the lead up to NaNoWriMo on the topic of ‘Starting a Novel’. A diverse group of twenty attended the workshop facilitated by screen writer and author Margaret Morgan. Margaret published her debut novel in 2018 titled ‘The Second Cure’ and was a wealth of knowledge on taking the first steps in beginning the process of writing a novel and using existing skills and knowledge to your advantage.

    Remember to register for Your Say Woollahra so you can take part in discussion forums and gain insight from other writers as well as sign up for National Novel Writing Month.

    We hope to see you at our next writing workshop on the topic of ‘Seeing the World through Character' with Dr Belinda Castles on Thursday 22 August.


  • New Book Recommendations

    about 1 month ago
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    In the lead up to our next writing workshop 'Starting a Novel' we have ordered in some new books to help you along in your novel writing journey.

    Search our collection through the catalogue online or speak to one of our helpful Library staff members who can point you in the right direction.

    Happy borrowing!

    In the lead up to our next writing workshop 'Starting a Novel' we have ordered in some new books to help you along in your novel writing journey.

    Search our collection through the catalogue online or speak to one of our helpful Library staff members who can point you in the right direction.

    Happy borrowing!

  • Introducing Margaret Morgan

    about 2 months ago
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    Woollahra Libraries is pleased to share that the facilitator of our second writing workshop - Starting a Novel is Margaret Morgan.

    After practising in criminal law, Margaret Morgan became a professional writer, working as a screenwriter and script editor in television for many well-regarded Australian drama series (including Water Rats, A Country Practice and GP). Margaret's short fiction has published in literary journals such as Meanjin and Going Down Swinging. Her works for stage (librettos for music theatre) have been performed to critical acclaim and full houses at major Australian arts festivals.

    Margaret recently completed a bachelor's degree in...

    Woollahra Libraries is pleased to share that the facilitator of our second writing workshop - Starting a Novel is Margaret Morgan.

    After practising in criminal law, Margaret Morgan became a professional writer, working as a screenwriter and script editor in television for many well-regarded Australian drama series (including Water Rats, A Country Practice and GP). Margaret's short fiction has published in literary journals such as Meanjin and Going Down Swinging. Her works for stage (librettos for music theatre) have been performed to critical acclaim and full houses at major Australian arts festivals.

    Margaret recently completed a bachelor's degree in Advanced Science in Biology at Macquarie University, where she focused on plant science, genetics and parasitology. While studying, she won a prize for popular science writing in an international competition judged by Professor Richard Dawkins.

    We look forward to hearing from Margaret as she shares her knowledge and experience of the novel writing process.


  • Register: Writing Workshop 3

    about 1 month ago
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    Sign up now for our second NaNoWriMo workshop: Seeing the World Through Character on Thursday 22 August, 6.00pm–8.00pm at Woollahra Library at Double Bay.

    In the lead up to National Novel Writing Month, join published author and lecturer Belinda Castles as she guides you through exercises to help you create strong characters.

    There is no cost to attend. Registration via Eventbrite is essential.



    Sign up now for our second NaNoWriMo workshop: Seeing the World Through Character on Thursday 22 August, 6.00pm–8.00pm at Woollahra Library at Double Bay.

    In the lead up to National Novel Writing Month, join published author and lecturer Belinda Castles as she guides you through exercises to help you create strong characters.

    There is no cost to attend. Registration via Eventbrite is essential.



  • Register: Writing Workshop 2

    about 1 month ago
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    Sign up now for our second NaNoWriMo workshop: Starting a Novel on Wednesday 24 July, 6.00pm–8.00pm at Woollahra Library at Double Bay.

    Do you find the thought of writing a novel daunting? Do you have an idea but don’t know how to get started?

    In the lead up to National Novel Writing Month, join published author Margaret Morgan as she shares key tips to the novel writing process.

    There is no cost to attend. Registration via Eventbrite is essential.

    Sign up now for our second NaNoWriMo workshop: Starting a Novel on Wednesday 24 July, 6.00pm–8.00pm at Woollahra Library at Double Bay.

    Do you find the thought of writing a novel daunting? Do you have an idea but don’t know how to get started?

    In the lead up to National Novel Writing Month, join published author Margaret Morgan as she shares key tips to the novel writing process.

    There is no cost to attend. Registration via Eventbrite is essential.

  • Highlights from Writing Workshop 1

    2 months ago
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    On Thursday 13 June we held the first of the National Novel Writing Month workshops in our monthly writing program. Woollahra Libraries presented on:
    • The Digital Literary Award - Danielle Aynsley (Community Engagement Officer - Adult programs)
    • NaNoWriMo initiative - Maddy (NaNoWriMo Sydney Municipal Liaison)
    • Your Say Woollahra - April Nicholls (Community Engagement Coordinator)
    • Collections overview and helpful resources - Denise Syme (Resource Management Team Leader)
    • Eresources for research - Joan Ruthven (Library Community Programs Team Leader)
    • Local History resources - Jane Britten (Senior Local History Librarian)
    • Q&A panel
    The Library team had examples of resources to show attendees including...
    On Thursday 13 June we held the first of the National Novel Writing Month workshops in our monthly writing program. Woollahra Libraries presented on:
    • The Digital Literary Award - Danielle Aynsley (Community Engagement Officer - Adult programs)
    • NaNoWriMo initiative - Maddy (NaNoWriMo Sydney Municipal Liaison)
    • Your Say Woollahra - April Nicholls (Community Engagement Coordinator)
    • Collections overview and helpful resources - Denise Syme (Resource Management Team Leader)
    • Eresources for research - Joan Ruthven (Library Community Programs Team Leader)
    • Local History resources - Jane Britten (Senior Local History Librarian)
    • Q&A panel
    The Library team had examples of resources to show attendees including printed books, demonstrations of the online databases and maps and explained how these tools can be used to help write a novel. We had a guest speaker, Maddy, who is a volunteer representative of National Novel Writing Month in Sydney; she shared her experience of taking part in NaNoWriMo.

    Everyone who attended was given a take-home informational pack that included a recommended book list, instructions on eBooks and eAudiobooks, and various Local History guides. If help is needed finding resources, staff on the Library floor can assist.

    Remember to register for Your Say Woollahra so you can take part in discussion forums and gain insight from other writers as well as sign up for National Novel Writing Month.

    Hope to see you at the next writing workshop that will guide you on how to start writing a novel.
  • Register: Writing Workshop 1

    about 2 months ago
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    Register now for NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop 1: Library Resources for Novel Writing on Thursday 13 June 2019, 6:00pm-7:30pm at Woollahra Library at Double Bay.

    Learn how the Library’s databases, e-resources and local history centre can assist you in the research and early writing process. Hear more about National Novel Writing Month and how the initiative can support you as you write your novel.

    There is no cost to attend. Booking via Eventbrite is essential.

    Register now for NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop 1: Library Resources for Novel Writing on Thursday 13 June 2019, 6:00pm-7:30pm at Woollahra Library at Double Bay.

    Learn how the Library’s databases, e-resources and local history centre can assist you in the research and early writing process. Hear more about National Novel Writing Month and how the initiative can support you as you write your novel.

    There is no cost to attend. Booking via Eventbrite is essential.

  • Sign up for NaNoWriMo 2019

    3 months ago
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    If a story is in you, it has to come out ~ William Faulkner

    Are you ready to join thousands of people around the world and write 50,000 words during November?

    Register now to take the NaNoWriMo challenge.

    Registration is free and open to anyone over the age of 17 years who has ever dreamed of writing a novel.

    If a story is in you, it has to come out ~ William Faulkner

    Are you ready to join thousands of people around the world and write 50,000 words during November?

    Register now to take the NaNoWriMo challenge.

    Registration is free and open to anyone over the age of 17 years who has ever dreamed of writing a novel.

  • Woollahra Libraries launches NaNoWriMo 2019

    3 months ago
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    Woollahra Libraries officially launched our support of global writing challenge NaNoWriMo 2019 at the Woollahra Digital Literary Award on Thursday 30 May.

    Library Events and Programs Coordinator Lauren Shiels announced the NaNoWriMo at Woollahra Libraries program to an audience of community and literary VIPs, including Councillor Peter M Cavanaugh, Mayor of Woollahra; Gabrielle Upton MP; emcee Michaela Kalowski; Award judges and current and previous winners.

    The Award, founded by Woollahra Council, supports innovation in Australian literature and in recognition of a shift towards ‘digital-first’ writing in Australia -- making the event a perfect fit to announce our 2019 NaNoWriMo program.

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    Woollahra Libraries officially launched our support of global writing challenge NaNoWriMo 2019 at the Woollahra Digital Literary Award on Thursday 30 May.

    Library Events and Programs Coordinator Lauren Shiels announced the NaNoWriMo at Woollahra Libraries program to an audience of community and literary VIPs, including Councillor Peter M Cavanaugh, Mayor of Woollahra; Gabrielle Upton MP; emcee Michaela Kalowski; Award judges and current and previous winners.

    The Award, founded by Woollahra Council, supports innovation in Australian literature and in recognition of a shift towards ‘digital-first’ writing in Australia -- making the event a perfect fit to announce our 2019 NaNoWriMo program.

    We've uploaded photos from the Woollahra Digital Literary Award night on this page. Can you picture yourself at the 2020 award night?

    Find out everything you need to know about our free NaNoWriMo at Woollahra Libraries program - including how to register.