NaNoWriMo 2022

Great news WriMos and Rebels–NaNoWriMo is back! After two years of being sequestered at home, writing alone, NaNoWriMo has returned to hosting in-person write-ins and the Palouse Writers Guild is encouraging local writers to connect and share.

For those community members not familiar with the program, NaNoWriMo is the acronym for National Novel Writing Month. Founded in 1999 with just 21 participants, the NaNoWriMo movement has grown to including over a million writers nationwide. Writers celebrate by attempting to write an entire novel during the month of November.

During Write-ins, budding writers will receive the emotional support needed to see them through the end of the month. In addition, write-ins are designed to keep writers motivated by providing:

  • Writer games
  • NaNoWriMo swag
  • Candy/snacks

NaNoWriMo rules state nothing can be written before November 1st, but extensive notes and prepping is encouraged. Check out the NaNo Prep 101 Website to develop an outline before writing starts. Also, The Novel Factory has a number of nifty worksheets to help budding writers organize their ideas before beginning their novel.

Join the NaNoWriMo community:
Idaho residents look for the Moscow/Lewiston Region
Whitman County residents look for the Pullman/Colfax Region

The Moscow/Lewiston ML, Jay Dearien is hosting two kick-off events on November 1st. The morning kick-off is scheduled for 10 am at One World Cafe. (Jay says One World opens at 6 am and will welcome any ultra-dedicated souls who want to join him bright and early!) The evening kick-off event is scheduled for 5 pm at Bucer’s.

Download the Latah & Whitman County NaNoWriMo Calendar*
*Evening Kick-off venue changed to Bucer’s.

Weekly Write-In Information:

  • Kenyories meets w/Jay at One World Cafe in Moscow, Idaho
  • Writing Religiously meets w/Khaliela at her home (202 Birch St.) in Potlatch, Idaho
  • Pullman Write-in meets w/Rose at Pups & Cups in Pullman, Washington

Jay Dearien will also host a last-ditch write-in on November 30th from 8 pm to midnight for anyone determined to push through to the very end.

Those writers who finish the month will be rewarded with a TGIO (Thank God It’s Over) Party! This celebratory event will take the form of a pot-luck breakfast at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 3rd at the United Church of Moscow. At the party, WriMos and Rebels will receive party favors and a FREE BOOK* compliments of BookPeople of Moscow.

*Books are advance reader copies. Titles yet to be determined.

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