The Challenge: Write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days!

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Have you dreamt about writing a novel? Join Denton Public Library as we participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) throughout November.  For 17 years NaNoWriMo has cultivated creativity as an international writing event. The goal is to start writing a 50,000 word novel at midnight on November 1 and finish it by midnight on November 30.  Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes, forgo the endless tweaking and editing, and just create.

What to do: Go to or join us at the Emily Fowler Central Library for:

Nanowrimo: Write your Novel in One Month – What’s It All About?
It’s a challenge; write your novel in November. Find out more about National Novel Writing Month, how to navigate the website, the Library’s “Write In” Space and “Write In” opportunities in the DFW area.
Thursday, October 22    Emily Fowler Central Library 7 p.m.


You can always come and write in any of the DPL branches, but the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland Street, will be a host site for local NaNoWriMo Writers as part of the “Come Write In” program.

Come Write In
Writers are welcome to come to the library anytime. The library has work areas, study rooms, and WiFi. For those NaNoWriMo participants who want the fun of writing in a group, we have special “Write Ins” using library’s meeting room. Bring your favorite notepad or laptop or use one of ours to work on your project.  Meet your fellow novelist, have a snack, and build your word count. We will have plot prompts, and word count goal prizes.
Emily Fowler Central Library
Sundays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 – 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

NaNoWriMo  Write In Lock-in
After the library doors close for the night on Friday, you and your fellow writers will have access to all the resources the library has to assist you in reaching that 50,000 word count! For our lock-in we will be offering pizza, coffee, snacks, wireless or computer access, the support of your fellow writers, and more! (Age 18 and up) Registration required by 11/11.
Friday, November 13 Emily Fowler Central Library 6 p.m. – midnight

Teen Writers NaNoWriMo Writing Cram Session
The North Branch Library, 3020 North Locust, will host a special session for writers ages 11-17. Bring your laptops, notebooks and other writing gear to work on your novel amid other writers. Snacks and drinks provided.
Tuesday, November 3 North Branch Library 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

And just maybe your NaNoWriMo experience will make you famous! These novels were all drafted during NaNoWriMo.


And there are many more. There is a full list of published novels on the NaNoWriMo website.

Denton Public Library has a plethora of writing resources to help you along.  Here are just a few:

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There is just one more thing I wanted to share with you. If you want to go a little deeper than a one month novel. We offer over 90 writing related classes through Gale Courses. These are instructor-led, six-week classes in which you will receive an award of completion with a passing score. All you need is your library card and a little down time.


Happy Writing!

Emily Fowler Central Library


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