It's National Novel Writing Month!

It's that time of year again!

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, our series of workshops developed especially for NaNoWriMo, or great classes with our partners at Newtown Literary, 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!


Have you ever wanted to write a novel, a comic, or both? Do you find yourself thinking about different characters and the worlds they belong to? Not sure where to start? Join us for our National Novel Writing Month Workshop! Each week, we will cover a different topic in creating your novel, from world building to character development. Registration is required; call 718-990-8565. For teens and tweens.

Wednesdays, November 15, 22 and 29 at 4:00 p.m.
Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica


Writer's Group
We meet biweekly on Thursdays to share and discuss each other's writing. Register in person or call 718-468-8300.

Thursdays, November 16 and 30 at 6:00 p.m.
Windsor Park Community Library
79-50 Bell Boulevard, Bayside


Writing the Imagination: Memory, Moments, Ways of Looking Back
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the process of writing poetry, novels, and short stories for either personal or public enjoyment.

Thursdays, November 16 and 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Langston Hughes Community Library
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona


Write Now! with NY Writers Coalition
Want to write words that will be music to the ears, get around your writer’s block, or just put pen to paper and see what happens? These creative writing workshops will bring out the powerful stories you have yet to share on the page. They are open to writers age 18 and older of all genres, backgrounds, and experience levels. Writing prompts and other materials will be provided. Just bring yourself!

Saturday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m.
Cambria Heights Community Library
218-13 Linden Boulevard

Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Broadway Community Library
40-20 Broadway, Long Island City


Getting Personal: Writing About Your Family History with Author Bob Brody
Learn how to capture your personal family history in writing (what happened, how you felt, why it mattered) with Bob Brody, personal essayist, public relations executive, and author of the memoir Playing Catch with Strangers: A Family Guy (Reluctantly) Comes of Age. Books will also be available for sale and signing.

Saturday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Glen Oaks Community Library
256-04 Union Turnpike


Newtown Literary: Inventing New Wor(l)ds
In this class for kids ages 13-17, we will be poetic inventors and will make up new words by experimenting with existing words, objects, and poems! Register for This Workshop.

Saturday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Ridgewood Community Library
20-12 Madison Street


Writers' Circle
This started as a journaling class, but we are widening our horizons to writers of all types. Bring your memoirs, poetry, fiction, or non-fiction pieces. We will discuss our writing and those who feel comfortable can share their pieces.

Mondays, November 20 and 27 at 6:00 p.m.
North Forest Park Community Library
98-27 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills


National Writing Month Workshop
In anticipation of National Novel Writing Month, this 5-session course, taught by Jennifer Celestin, will focus on providing writers with the tools and motivation required for creating longer fiction.

Mondays, November 20 and 27, and December 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica


Teen Tuesday: Writer's Cafe
Whether you’re working on application essays, school assignments, or churning out 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), bring what you’re working on for editing, feedback, and support in a community of writers. There will be tea!

Tuesday, November 21 at 3:30 p.m.
Fresh Meadows Community Library
193-20 Horace Harding Expressway


Full Circle Actor/Writers Workshop
This fall, take part in a creative writing and performance workshop that will run every two weeks until June 2018. Bring your short written or performance pieces (less than 5 minutes) to share! All genres are welcome.

Saturday, November 25 at 12:00 p.m.
Astoria Community Library
14-01 Astoria Boulevard


National Novel Writing Month Write In
Join us during the last stretch of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for a write-in! We'll provide the space, you provide the words.

Saturday, November 25 at 1:45 p.m.
Queens Village Community Library
94-11 217 Street

Sun, 2017-11-26 (All day)