NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which is the month of November. During that month, participants write—or attempt to write—a novel! At the Marion County Public Library (Fairmont), we will be participating in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program (YWP), which is a version of NaNoWriMo for students.

Anyone can participate in NaNoWriMo. Our NaNoWriMo YWP group at MCPL will be open to students in grades 4 though 12 (up to age 17).

Informational Meeting
October 23, 5 pm
(If you can’t attend, stop by the front desk for more information)

Character Creation Workshop
October 30, 5 pm

Write Ins
November 6, 13, 20, 27, 5 pm

Thank Goodness It’s Over Party
December 1, 2 pm

Starting October 9, you’ll be able to pick up a FAQ sheet about our Young Writers Guild program at our front desk! If you have any other questions, please contact Larissa Dean at or 304-366-1210, extension 114.


More information about NaNoWriMo:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel during the month of November.

Why do it? For 30 crazy, exciting, surprising days, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

Participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by 11:59 PM on November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable-but-challenging individual word-count goals.

Novelists can write directly on our website (or in a separate document), find inspiration in our noveling resources, and tap a worldwide community of fellow writers for support.

The YWP also helps K–12 educators facilitate NaNoWriMo in schools, libraries, and community centers around the world. We provide virtual classroom spaces on our site, as well as student workbooks, Common Core-aligned curricula, and free motivational materials.