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.

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  • Submissions now open for DLA 2020

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    by AprilN, 16 Dec 2019
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    Submissions to the Woollahra Digital Literary Award 2020 are now open.

    The Woollahra Digital Literary Award is a national literary award supporting innovation in Australian literature and publishing, encouraging writers producing work in a digital medium.

    The award seeks submissions of a literary nature that are digitally born - published online or in electronic form.

    We encourage you to make a submission from Monday 16 December 2019 until Monday 6 March 2020.

    Need more info? Visit our website to find out more about important dates, categories and prizes, and our judges or email dla@woollahra.nsw.gov.au

  • Thank you NaNoWriMos!

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    by AprilN, 16 Dec 2019
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    Thank you to everyone who participated in Woollahra Libraries' activities supporting National Novel Writing Month 2019.

    Seventy-two people attended our five writers' workshops, and many others used our Come Write In spaces during November to smash out their new novels.

    We value our creative communities and are delighted at the community's interest in writing projects like NaNoWriMo at Woollahra Libraries.

  • Come Write In Spaces

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    16 Dec 2019
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    Throughout November these spaces will be provided as a place to write your novel. These areas will be a quiet zone as a place for you to work and connect with other new or existing authors. Light refreshments provided.

    Come Write in Spaces at Woollahra LibrariesCome Write in Spaces at Woollahra Libraries

    Friday 1 November - Saturday 30 November

    Woollahra Library at Double Bay - Tech Room:
    Tuesdays 5.00pm-8.00pm
    Thursdays 5.00pm-8.00pm

    Paddington Paddington - Study Room 1:
    Sundays 10.00am-1.00pm
    Wednesdays 5.00pm-8.00pm

    Watsons Bay Library:
    Wednesdays 5.00pm-7.00pm



  • Register: Writing Workshop 6

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    16 Dec 2019
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    Register now for NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop 6: Common Challenges Facing Writers on Thursday 28 November 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm at Woollahra Library at Double Bay.

    Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A session covering topics such as how to overcome writer's block and how to get published.

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


  • Introducing Belinda Castles

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    05 Nov 2019
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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.


  • Highlights from Writing Workshop 2

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    05 Nov 2019
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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 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

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    05 Nov 2019
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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!

  • Introducing Margaret Morgan

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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 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 4

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    by AprilN, 29 Oct 2019
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    Register now for NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop 4: Structure and Plot on Thursday 12 September 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm at Woollahra Library at Double Bay.

    Learn how to apply simple techniques in creating a compelling plot and explore the fundamental points of a narrative.

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



  • Register: Writing Workshop 3

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    by AprilN, 31 Aug 2019
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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.