BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey is challenging patrons to write a novel, or 50,000 words, during the month of November to celebrate National Novel Writing Month.
According to a release from the library, since 2006, more than 100 NaNoWriMo novels have been released by traditional publishing houses.
The library system will be offering a number of NaNoWriMo-inspired programs throughout the month.
The month will begin with a kickoff event at the Bridgewater branch, on Vogt Drive, Nov. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Patrons ages 13 and over are invited to bring a laptop, tablet or a notebook and pen to this writers retreat. The writer who writes the most words by 12:30 p.m. will win a prize.
The program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional funding was provided by the Friends of the Bridgewater Library.
Then, on Nov. 3, the library will collaborate with the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for a Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators Meet & Greet event at the Hillsborough branch on South Branch Road from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Children’s book authors and illustrators are being invited to network and learn about finding critique groups, traditional publishing versus self publishing and where to find resources.
The Hillsborough branch will also host an Adult Book Authors Meet & Greet Nov. 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. K. Edwin Fritz, author and star of “Writers 2 Writers” will address writing related topics.
The Bridgewater branch will host two different Create Your Own Picture Book workshops on Nov. 8, for grades kindergarten through second from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., and for grades third through fifth from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Leeza Hernandez, author and illustrator of “Dog Gone!” will teach children about creating a picture book, and participants will be given blank spiral-bound books to create their own.
Two winners will be chosen to become part of the library’s picture book collection, to be checked out. Entries must be submitted by Dec. 1 to be considered.
On Nov. 10, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Hillsborough branch, the library will hold “Introduction to Self Publishing – Part 1” to learn more about major self-publishing players, including Lulu and Amazon’s CreateSpace.
The second part of the program will be held Nov. 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The first annual SCLSNJ Author Day will be held at the Hillsborough branch Nov. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with 30 authors from genres including romance, horror, mystery, science fiction and more. Authors will include Christina Paul, Laine Sutton Johnson, Mary Ellen Springsteen, Anabelle Bryant, Brian McKonley, Andy Rane, Frank Wander, Kathi Jurz, Emma Kaye, Rachelle Burk and many more.
Finally, on Nov. 18 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., the North Plainfield branch will host a discussion with Rosie Genova, author of “The Italian Kitchen Mysteries.” She will talk about how she became a novelist, the writing process and more.