November is National Novel Writing Month, better known as NANOWRIMO. 2019 marks the twentieth year of the annual writing challenge which encourages writers to write 50,000 words between November 1 and 11:59 PM November 30.
In order to encourage participants on their writing journey, Williamsburg Regional Library and Chesapeake Bay Writers (the local chapter of the Virginia Writers Club) will hold a kick-off event on Saturday, November 9 from 1-3 PM entitled Ways and Means to Publishing, a panel discussion involving local publishers and editors. The program is free and open to the public and will be held in the Williamsburg Library Theater. Panel members will include Jeanne Johansen from High Tide Publications, a small traditional press in Deltaville, VA; Dawn Brotherton from Blue Dragon Publishing in Williamsburg, a hybrid publisher; Narielle Living from Blue Fortune Enterprises in Yorktown and editor of Next Door Neighbors Magazine.
On subsequent Tuesday nights, writers are welcome to gather from 7 to 9 PM in the Schell Room at the Williamsburg library to work on their novels. A local writer/encourager will be on hand each evening to provide moral support. Many traditionally published and self- published novels began their first drafts as NANOWRIMO projects.