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It's National Novel Writing Month!

Every November, thousands of writers of all experience levels dedicate themselves to writing a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.

If you've decided to sign up for National Novel Writing Month—or NaNoWriMo, as its fans like to affectionately call it—and you need some help, don't worry; Queens Library has you covered.

Whether it's our regularly scheduled writing classes and clubs, or special workshops devoted to a variety of topics (including NaNoWriMo), we have all the support you'll need for your writing.

So get motivated to cross your literary finish line! And who knows—maybe your novel will wind up on our shelves someday soon!

 

 

Teen Writing Club
Learn the craft and get feedback from your peers at this writing club for teens and tweens.

Friday, November 2, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Glen Oaks Library
256-04 Union Turnpike

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Writing from the Heart: A Workshop in Creative Writing with Dr. Maxine Fisher
Do you have the urge to write a story or essay—perhaps based on your own personal experience—but don't know how or where to begin? Come join a group of people who share a love of the written word and the wish to start or improve their own writing in a warm and supportive atmosphere. Dr. Maxine Fisher taught writing for many years at Queens College and is a published author of books for children and young adults. In addition, she writes for children's television.

Saturdays, November 3, 10, 17 and December 1, 8; 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Maspeth Library
69-70 Grand Avenue

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Write On! Write Now! with the New York Writers Coalition
Everyone has a voice. Everyone has a story. Bring yours and join us for writing and sharing work in a supportive, respectful environment. Poetry, plays, short stories, and everything in between—all crafted in one room! Tap into your unwritten stories at this free workshop for writers (teens and adults) of all experience levels, backgrounds, and genres. Writing prompts and materials will be provided. No sign-up required—simply turn up!

Saturdays, November 3 and 17, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cambria Heights Library
218-13 Linden Boulevard

Saturdays, November 3 and 17, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Broadway Library
40-20 Broadway, Long Island City

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Reimagine End of Life Week: Writing Workshop with New York Writers Coalition Leader Adepeju Adeyemo
Reimagine End of Life Week is a citywide exploration of big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation. Join NY Writers Coalition for a special creative writing workshop exploring end-of-life themes. NYWC’s workshop leader, the writer Adepeju Adeyemo, will lead the group through writing prompts touching on legacy, endings, and imagination—or you can write what you feel. Share in the dialogue about loss, denial, wonder, and preparation through writing.

Saturday, November 3, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Cambria Heights Library
218-13 Linden Boulevard

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Reimagine End of Life Week: Writing Workshop with New York Writers Coalition Leader Alison Lowenstein
Reimagine End of Life Week is a citywide exploration of big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation. Join NY Writers Coalition for a special creative writing workshop exploring end-of-life themes. NYWC’s workshop leader, the playwright and author Alison Lowenstein, will lead the group through writing prompts touching on legacy, endings, and imagination—or you can write what you feel. Share in the dialogue about loss, denial, wonder, and preparation through writing.

Saturday, November 3, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Glen Oaks Library
256-04 Union Turnpike

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Poetry Writing Workshop
Adults and teens are invited to learn about this fun way to express yourself and make your own poem!

Saturday, November 3, 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Hollis Library
202-05 Hillside Avenue

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National Novel Writing Month Workshop
In anticipation of National Novel Writing Month, this course taught by Jennifer Celestin will focus on providing writers with the tools and motivation required for creating longer fiction. Please register online or call 718-990-0778.

Mondays, November 5, 19, and 26, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

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Start Your Great American Novel
Have you always wanted to write that great American novel? Then start it at the Poppenhusen Library! Discuss writing, share your work, get feedback, and learn about resources that could help you get published.

Tuesday, November 6, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Poppenhusen Library
121-23 14 Avenue, College Point

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Teen Writers' Cafe
Whether you’re working on application essays, school assignments, or churning out 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo, bring what you’re working on for editing, feedback, and support in a community of writers. There will be tea!

Thursday, November 8, 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Fresh Meadows Library
193-20 Horace Harding Expressway

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Fall Writing Circle and Performance Workshop
In this creative writing and performance workshop series, anyone with a story to offer, an interesting/dramatic character to present, or an interest in connecting their creative work with an audience will have the opportunity to offer and receive constructive feedback, with an emphasis on how effectively a piece might engage with an audience.

Saturdays, November 10 and 24, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Astoria Library
14-01 Astoria Boulevard

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Tell Your Story
Do you have a story to tell? Have you thought about writing your memoirs or autobiography? Then join us to learn how to tell your story and what you can do to make it last.

Thursday, November 15, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Poppenhusen Library
121-23 14 Avenue, College Point

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Writer's Group
We meet to share and discuss each other's writing. Please register in person or call 718-468-8300.

Thursday, November 15, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Windsor Park Library
79-50 Bell Boulevard, Bayside

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Shaping Stories: Memoir Writing Workshop
Judy Kamilhor leads this three-session workshop. Please register in person or by calling 718-357-6643.

Mondays, November 19, 26 and December 3, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
East Flushing Library
196-36 Northern Boulevard, Flushing

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Everything You Can't Google About Freelance Writing
In this workshop, Jamie Lauren Keiles will cover everything you can’t Google about freelancing writing, including working with editors, negotiating pay, and drafting pitches that editors read and accept. Students will review and critique real pitches directly from editors’ inboxes, practice writing and editing their own great pitches, learn about current industry rates and how to ask for what they are worth, and leave with a list of 100+ editors’ email addresses.

Monday, November 26, 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

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