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Aspiring Novelists Gather at MCPL’s Story Center and Branches

Library Hosts Publishing Workshops and NaNoWriMo Programs

Independence, MO – During the month of November, you’re likely to hear an audible hum of energy and excitement emanating from Mid-Continent Public Library’s Story Center as fingers fly across keyboards and printers spit out novel drafts of all shapes and sizes. The generation of this buzz stems from National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is affectionately called, which the Library observes each year by offering plenty of workspace, caffeine, and industry insights to help fuel progress among aspiring novelists.

“Writing a novel is a labor of love, but oftentimes the labor outweighs the love,” said Andie Paloutzian, Story Center Program Manager. “At The Story Center, we provide the tools and support that aspiring novelists need to take their work to the next level – whether that’s a cup of coffee, a pep talk from our staff, self-publishing assistance on the Espresso Book Machine, or guidance from acclaimed experts. As with any project or goal, the Library is here to help you succeed.”

The goal of NaNoWriMo is simple (albeit lofty)—to write 50,000 words in 30 days. During this time, MCPL will host “write-ins,” where writers are encouraged to come to the Library to work on their narratives, as well as numerous seminars and workshops led by industry experts like literary agent Sorche Fairbank. As part of NaNoWriMo, The Story Center will host the 2016 Publishing Weekend on November 4 – November 6, co-presented by The Writers Place of Kansas City. Seminars during the Weekend include:

Friday, November 4

How to Get Published, or Do It Yourself – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 5

Understanding and Developing Your Characters – 10:00 a.m.

Writing Prompts for Memoirs – 10:00 a.m.

Your First Page: Friend or Foe? – 1:30 p.m.

Memoir: Finding Structure in YOUR Story – 1:30 p.m.

Learning from Others: Pathways to Publication – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 6

The Art of the Query: Get Noticed by Agents – 1:30 p.m.

Small Steps, Big Books: Reach Your Publishing Goals – 1:30 p.m.
Throughout the rest of NaNoWriMo, a variety of other programs will be held across the MCPL system for budding and experienced novelists alike. Seminars range in topic from character development to practical approaches for moving past the idea stage and getting words on the page. Programs include:

NaNoWriMo Write-In

Colbern Road Branch – Tuesdays in November at 6:00 p.m. (except November 8) Woodneath

Library Center – Tuesdays in November at 6:30 p.m.Liberty Branch – Saturday, November 26 at 1:30 p.m.

Novel Writing: One Bite at a Time

Red Bridge Branch – Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Raytown Branch – Tuesday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Grain Valley Branch – Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Colbern Road Branch – Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m.

North Oak Branch – Monday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Woodneath Library Center – Saturday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m.

Kearney Branch – Monday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Currently located within the Woodneath Library Center off Flintlock Road, The Story Center was developed as an initiative to celebrate and inspire the art of the story. Past events at the Center have included the Story Center Speaker Series, featuring acclaimed authors such as New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn.

For more information about The Story Center or NaNoWriMo, or to register for one of the Library’s events, visit mystorycenter.org.

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