Amherst Public Library is something very different.
On Mondays, starting November 7, the library will host virtual NaNoWriMo sessions dedicated to National Novel Writing Month.
In November 1999, NaNoWriMo presented writers with the dubious challenge of writing 50,000 words for a novel in a month and getting it published.
Since then, people all over the world pick up their pencils and start writing on November 1, determined to finish it.
NaNoWriMo, officially launched as a nonprofit in 2006, is dedicated to promoting literacy and writing through a variety of networks, home to millions of writers, hundreds of authors and many others spread all over the world.
In 2021 alone, 427,653 writers approached NaMoWriMo on their official website, including 90,561 students and teachers.
Many libraries, bookstores, community centers and schools around the world participate in NaNoWriMo each year, including the Amherst Public Library.
“We’ve had creative writing groups meet here at the library in the past, but this is the first time we’ve decided to partner with National Writing Month or NaNoWriMo in particular,” said Becky Denes, public relations consultant for the Amherst Public Library.
The events will take place on the Zoom platform at 10 a.m. Mondays and will feature creative writing expert Victoria Vogel, who will provide attendees with tips and tools on the writing process as well as specific tips for NaNoWriMo .
“Due to our renovations and COVID-19, the creative writing group that used to meet here is not currently meeting and some guests have expressed a wish for some sort of return,” Denes said. “After a suggestion from Victoria Vogel during a volunteer day, we decided that virtual sessions for Novel Writing Month would be a perfect fit.”
While the NaNoWriMo writing sessions won’t take place until November this year, the library is open to offering additional writing sessions upon request, she said.
The event is free, but requires registration with an email in order to join the Zoom sessions.
“For writers undertaking NaNoWriMo, it can be very stressful and these sessions should help them deal with some of that,” Denes said.
Registration is open on the library calendar at www.AmherstPublicLibrary.org or by calling 440-988-4230.
Registering for one session will automatically register for all sessions.