Fancy yourself a wordsmith? November is National Novel Writing Month, or “NaNoWriMo”, and Brock’s very own Creative Writing Club challenged students on November 18 to ‘write dangerously’. The event, which took place in the Skybar Lounge above Isaac’s Bar & Grill on campus from Friday night leading into Saturday morning, hosted writers from different levels of experience and promoted a safe and welcoming atmosphere for budding authors to power through the month’s popular writing challenge.
NaNoWriMo, a globally-recognized event for writers began in 1999, and has since spanned several other connected programs for authors of all levels. NaNoWriMo gained status as a 503(c) recognized nonprofit organization in 2005, and has since been empowered to create opportunities for writers worldwide. According to NaNoWriMo’s official website, over 1,000 libraries, bookstores and creative centres across the globe welcomed novelists to events for the Come Write in Program in 2015 alone. In addition to this, 57,402 virtual ‘campers’ participated in the Camp NaNoWriMo program, completing or making progress on writing projects.
Grant Faulker, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo spoke in a press release about the impact of NaNoWriMo on inspired authors. “Too many people think they’re not a ‘creative type,’ but to be human is to be a ‘creative type’.
“NaNoWriMo teaches you to believe that your story matters, to trust the gambols of your imagination, and to make the blank page a launching pad to explore new universes,” said Faulker. “That’s important because when we create, we cultivate meaning. Our stories remind us that we’re alive, and what being alive means.”
The numbers for previous years of NaNoWriMo speak for its popularity worldwide and its impact on authors. 431,626 budding authors participated in last year’s events, including 80,137 students and educators in the Young Writers Program. This number reflects participants in over 630 countries spanning six continents. Out of the full participant number, over 40,000 authors met the challenge NaNoWriMo set of writing 50,000 words in the month of November.
NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program is now in its 12th year. The program, based out of Berkely, California provides educational, common core-based curricula for classrooms worldwide.
“We’re incredibly excited to launch a beta version of the new YWP website in 2016. For the first time, students will be able to draft their novels and track their progress directly on our site—plus use all of the inspiring resources we provide every year,” said Chris Angotti, Chief Operating Officer in a press release. “In addition, teachers have brand-new virtual classroom spaces to facilitate the program. We’re so proud to continue to tell students, through our new site and all of our materials, that their stories matter.”
For more information on Brock Creative Writing Club, please visit www.facebook.com/BrockUniversityCreativeWritingClub or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. NaNoWriMo is still happening until the end of November. Please visit NaNoWriMo.org for more information on how to participate and for inspiration on getting started.