NaNoWriMo 2014 Wrapping Up

Aspiring novelists will wrap up their month of intensive writing by celebrating with their fellow Wrimos on Monday, December 1 in Carlson Library.  “Winners” will be those who actually reach the 50,000-word goal by midnight tonight (November 30).  But everyone who signed up this year is welcome to help us join in the celebration!

Here’s how a few participants spent the last Write-In session just before Thanksgiving.

Among other things, Dr. Glenn Sheldon (Honors College) emphasizes the importance of character-building in the novel-writing process.

Former provost to provide insight into noveling this week at Carlson!

Former UT provost, William McMillen will be our special guest at this week’s NaNoWriMo Write-In session, Tuesday, November 18.

William McMillen has published both fiction and non-fiction. In addition, he has self-published a series of Christmas books for the past five years that have been privately distributed to friends and family. He has been told that all of his writing is brilliant (but he’s heard that mostly from friends and family). Nevertheless, he promises that if you listen to him closely, you will have your novel published within weeks, a month, or maybe two or three years. He will share with you secrets about writing and publishing your novel that you’ll never hear anywhere else! But you’ll be sworn to secrecy, so you’ll have to show up or you’ll be literally left out in the cold. And, to end an invigorating half-hour talk he will answer the following question that you’ve all wondered about: Why is the beginning of a novel usually better than the end of a novel?

If you can, please stop by and see our special guest, Bill McMillen — whether or not you are a registered “Wrimo” this year!

UPDATE (11/21/14):

Former UT Provost Bill McMillen engaged a small group of interested “wrimos” earlier this week with his tips on writing and publishing. Participants enjoyed learning what was behind his novel, Sticks.

P.S. We had a great time with guest Susan Parks last week.  Please see my special update on that post.

UT Novelist to Share her Publishing Experience with “Wrimos”

“Wrimos” (AKA budding novelists, as known in the NaNoWriMo world) will get the chance to meet with novelist and UT faculty member Susan Parks this Wednesday evening, November 12, at Carlson Library’s third NaNoWriMo “Come Write-in” session.  Ms. Parks will briefly share her experience writing and self-publishing, and will welcome questions from aspiring novelists in attendance just before they get down to their own writing.

Susan Parks is a lecturer in literacy education at The University of Toledo. Throughout her childhood, she heard stories of her great grandparents in the Armenian Genocide and was inspired to write the book, “His Choice.” Captivated by her heritage, she studied the history of Armenia and the genocide in preparation for writing this historical novel.

Set in 1915 during World War I, the story chronicles the events of four orphaned sisters and their perseverance, determination, and struggle to survive. Through numerous twists and turns, this heart-wrenching story has an unexpected ending.

UT Lecturer shares her novel, His Choice, with Nanowrimo participants last week.  Her historical novel is based on the harrowing, true experience of her family during the Armenian genocide, 100 years ago.

UT Lecturer Susan Parks shares her novel — along with some artifacts — with Nanowrimo participants last week. Her historical novel is based on the harrowing, true experience of her family during the Armenian genocide, 100 years ago.

Even if you are not a participant in National Novel Writing Month this year, you may be interested to know that Ms. Parks will have a book-signing later this month at Barnes & Noble.  [UPDATE (11/17/14):  book signing to take place at UT Barnes & Noble on corner of Dorr and Secor from 4-6 PM this Thursday, November 20.  We hope to see you there!  Read more.]

The Library will bring in two additional “special guests” to round out the remaining weeks of NaNoWriMo.  If you have a chance, please feel free to stop by and say hello to all of our special guests — even if you are not signed up as a Wrimo this year.

National Novel Writing Month: Get Support at the Library!

Have you always wanted to try your hand at writing a novel? Well, this November would be a perfect time to make that dream a reality. November is National Novel Writing Month, fondly referred to as NaNoWriMo.  Carlson Library will once again be hosting write-ins to help you accomplish your goal. Each week we will provide a gathering place, tips, snacks, and support for a “novel-writing on steroids” experience!

Imagine writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days! It is entirely possible and we will tell you how at our first informational meeting in Carlson Library room 2010, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Kickoff will be Saturday November 1st from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Carlson Library room 2010, and weekly “Write-Ins” will be held each Tuesday throughout November from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP to

NaNoWriMo events are open to all. Students, staff, faculty, friends and family are all invited to participate. Everyone has a story inside!

For complete details, visit our NaNoWriMo LibGuide at

NaNoWriMo Update! First Novel Writing Session

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) participants will have the assistance of a special guest during the first writing session on Friday, November 1st!  Dr. Ben Stroud from UT’s Department of English Language and Literature and a creative writer himself will be joining the group at 2:30 pm in Carlson Library room 2010.  He’ll be providing tips and advice on novel-writing and the creative process.  Carlson Library’s first ‘Come Write In Session’ runs from 9 am to 5 pm on November 1, 2013.

If you missed last week’s informational meeting and would like to join the NaNoWriMo group, there’s still room.  Just RSVP to by Wednesday.  More information about NaNoWriMo can be found at

November is National Novel Writing Month!

The University Libraries with support from the Department of English and the UT Writer’s Guild will be participating in National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo.  In November writers are challenged to write 50,000 words in 30 days.  The Carlson Library will be providing space, snacks, and the opportunity to connect with others for moral support.  An informational meeting will be held Thursday, October 24, 2013, 5-7pm in Carlson Library room 2010 with weekly write-ins throughout November.  More information can be found at  Is there a novel inside you?

NaNoWriMo Chalkboard Illustration