National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On Nov. 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel. This year the SWG is again partnering with NaNoWriMo Regina region to help enhance this month-long writing event. Register free at https://nanowrimo.org and look up your region to find out more about events in your area.
Two of the write-ins will include facilitated workshops.
Tara Gereaux will lead a workshop on Nov. 8 called, Pit Stop: Push Through the Pain. Writing a novel is like running a marathon. When you’re only partway through, the excitement and energy you felt at the beginning seems long ago, and the ending seems so far off in the distance you don’t know if you will make it. But this is what pit stops are for. A chance to catch your breath, refuel, and gear up to cross that finish line. This workshop will focus on writing tools and exercises that will help you dig deep, re-energize, and get through those tough humps so you can finish strong. The end is never as far away as you think.
Angie Counios and David Gane will lead a workshop on Nov. 22. They will discuss how they collaborate and what it means to them, why they think writer’s block is BS, how David loves walking and talking out their story solutions, and how they approach writing spaces.
Where: We will be hosting NaNoWriMo write-ins at the SWG office, 1150-8th Avenue, Regina.
Saturday Nov. 4 (1-4 p.m.),
Wednesday Nov. 8 (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.),
Saturday Nov. 18 (1-4 p.m.),
Wednesday Nov. 22 (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.),
and Wednesday Nov. 29 (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) .
Tara Gereaux is a Métis from the Qu’Appelle Valley. Her novella, Size of a Fist, was nominated for two 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her next novel is forthcoming from HarperCollins in 2018. She currently lives in Regina.
Angie Counios and David Gane call themselves writing partners-in-crime. When they’re not busy working on their next book, Angie teaches high school students, while David is a stay-at-home dad and university instructor. Their first book, Along Comes a Wolfe, won the O’Reilly Insurance and Cooperators First Book Award at the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards. They’ve been writing together for almost nine years and are currently working on Book 3 of their Shepherd & Wolfe series.