Write that novel during November

TOMS RIVER –  So what do you think? Can you write a novel in a month? How about with a little help?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun approach to creative writing and Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch will participate at two levels this year: teens and adults.

On Nov. 1 aspiring novelists will begin writing a 50,000 word novel and complete it by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30.

Last year 310,095 people began the month as auto mechanics, home makers, police officers, students, physicians and many other careers. By the end of the month they walked away as novelists.

National Novel Writing Month is sponsored by a non-profit group of the same name that believes a person’s story matters. It organizes events where people find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. It is designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.

Teens, between 12 and 18, will kick off the event 7 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 28. They can register for the kickoff by telephoning the branch 732-349-6200 or 609-971-9514.

Teens will write together on Tuesdays during the month.

Adults can get together Wednesday evenings in November between 5-9 p.m. (3-5 p.m. Nov. 26 because of the Thanksgiving holiday) for a write-in.

The sessions are free and open to the public.

For more information about National Novel Writing Month visit their website http://nanowrimo.org .

While not a part of National Novel Writing Month, local author Jon Gibbs will present a workshop entitled “Novel Writing: the first draft” 6:30 p.m. Wed. Oct. 15 at the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St.  Learn how to turn your story ideas into a finished first draft. Bring your favorite pen and paper and be prepared to work.

Gibbs workshop is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514 or go to the library’s website www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

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