Celebrate NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) with the Charles County Public Library this year by participating in our special programs, exploring our resources and databases listed below, and checking out some of our local authors, as part of our Local Author Virtual Showcase!

This program will be a practical 15-point plan that demystifies and deconstructs novel-writing — from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans. We’ll discuss how to tap into your subconscious and life experiences to transform them into a book-length project, populated with interesting characters, a twisty-turny plot, snappy dialogue, and an interesting setting. We’ll also look at strategies for finding an agent, marketing the finished product, and facing your writing and marketing fears.

(This program will be accessible to view for one week following the event. To access the recording of the video, register for the program)

All of the authors showcased in this series responded to a call for submissions we placed over this summer, to highlight their work throughout the month of November. At CCPL we value the contributions our local authors make in sharing their knowledge and passion with our community.  Make sure to check out our Local Author’s collection located at the Waldorf West Library. 

*Please note: The materials and authors highlighted as part of this local author virtual showcase do not reflect the opinions or values of the Charles County Public Library.


Figment – Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.

National Novel Writing Month – National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

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