Libraries Support New Writers With National Novel-Writing Month Online Activities

Nov 22, 2021

In recognition of National Novel-Writing Month in November, Fort Bend County Libraries encourages fledgling writers or anyone who has ever wanted to write a novel to join in this coast-to-coast annual writing challenge.

Established in 1999, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a creative-writing project designed to empower and inspire vibrant creativity among aspiring writers, who are encouraged to write 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November.

Throughout the month, Fort Bend County Libraries will host online programs that are intended to encourage new writers by providing tips and tricks, writing and publishing advice, and support from other aspiring novelists.

Virtual Write-ins – informal gatherings where novice writers can network with each other for encouragement and inspiration – are scheduled on Mondays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Join fellow writers for quiet writing time, word sprints, and feedback. These video conferences will be live-streamed via Webex. Registration is required; a link to the sessions will be emailed to all who register.

The Story Spinners Writing Club, which normally meets once a month at George Memorial Library, will meet virtually on Thursdays, November 4 and 18, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The topics will be “Beginnings” and “Plot Twists.” From beginning blogger to published novelist, writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to join the Story Spinners Writing Club to write, share, learn, support, network, and critique each other’s work. These activities will be live-streamed via Webex. Registration is required; a link to the sessions will be emailed to all who register.

Aspiring writers are also invited to participate in FBCL’s Virtual Book Fest on Saturday, November 13, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This live-streamed event will include writers’ workshops, presentations by Houston-based authors Kristi Jones and Liara Tamani, and a special “Ask Me Anything” session with bestselling author Lisa See. One registration is required for the whole day, and participants may log in to view the presentations of their choice. The schedule is posted on the FBCL Virtual Classes & Events calendar.

These online events are free and open to the public. To register online at the library’s website (, click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734). 

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