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Have You Tackled the NaNoWriMo Challenge?

NaNoWriMo-RGB-HiResThe Silver City Public Library is hosting a “write-in” for National Novel Writing Month participants on Monday, November 30, 3:00-6:00pm. During National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, writers worldwide challenge themselves to complete a 50,000-word first-draft novel. Participants can get support and learn more on the organization’s website, In November 2014, 325,142 writers took on the NaNoWriMo challenge. Of those participants, 58,917 writers successfully completed a 50,000-word draft of a novel.

Writers ranging in age from high school through adulthood are invited to attend the library write-in. Participants can connect their devices to the library’s open wifi network and finish up their novels while sharing ideas and moral support. There will be food and drink available, and participants are welcome to bring a snack to share.

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word is pleased to sponsor the NaNoWriMo write-in. In an effort to support local writers, both the Festival and the public library also sponsor Gilawriters, a writing group that meets at the library every Tuesday, 2:00-4:00pm. For more information about Gilawriters, contact Trish Heck at 575-534-0207. Writers working towards publication might also be interested in a writing group led by WNMU Writer-in-Residence JJ Wilson. The group meets every first and third Tuesday at 6:00pm in the Kennedy Room at the WNMU Miller Library.

For more information about the library write-in, contact Lillian Galloway at 575-538-3672 or

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