The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will host four write-ins as part of NaNoWriMo in November. For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1 and November 30. Anyone can participate by registering at http://nanowrimo.org before November 1. Write-ins, just one aspect of the month-long event, bring participating writers together to write in public places, taking a solitary activity and turning it a social one.
Stephanie "Stevie" Bonine, a senior English literature major at Pitt-Greensburg, is one of the Pittsburgh region’s Municipal Liaisons who is planning the Pitt-Greensburg write-ins. Bonine is a seven-time participant in NaNoWriMo and a past winner, meaning she completed a 50,000-word manuscript during the 30 days and earned bragging rights to that feat. Assisting with the planning for the Pitt-Greensburg events is Amanda Folk, librarian at Millstein Library.
Pitt-Greensburg's write-ins will be held on Sundays (November 3, 10, 17, and 24) from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Millstein Library. Some of the activities planned include writing prompts for anyone falling behind in their word count and word sprints--another great way to boost word counts. The write-ins are free and open to the public. Coffee and candy will be available for purchase, plus donations will be accepted that will go toward Millstein Library's charity of choice. Please note that wi-fi will only be available to those with access to the Pitt network or through Eduroam.
Other write-ins will be planned in the region during the month and may be found by clicking the "Local Events" tab at http://nanowrimo.org. To learn more about NaNoWriMo, visit http://nanowrimo.org or contact Bonine at firstname.lastname@example.org.