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about 1 hour ago
For those coming to the TGIO, don't forget to bring your Library Crawl cards and your stuffed animal for the group picture!
3 days ago
Consider joining the Writing Journey, our region's (free) year-round writing group. It is a diverse, eclectic, vibrant and welcoming creative community.
27 days ago
Come join Sam Brown (Basil Cliffside) and Kaden Patrick (KadenPeregrine) for the all-day write-in! You don't need to stay the full time. Bring your laptop, extension cords and consider bringing some food to share in this comfortable, friendly write-in.

We will be going to Whole Foods Market after the Municipal Center. We should be there around 3:15-3:30 and will probably stay an hour and a half to two hours, depending on when people want to eat afterwards. The have 12+ tables, a coffee cart and a good amount of seating with outlets and wi-fi.

Whole Foods Market
2607 W. 75th Street
Naperville
29 days ago
For any folks who would like to change their usernames, it is now possible for users to do this (though note that the username you leave behind is not protected and someone else can then claim it).
about 1 month ago
We have a lot of write-ins planned for the Library Crawl; you can see event logistics on our calendar. Write-ins can be fun, productive events for writing your novels. You can even organize your own, if you can't find one near you at a time you can attend. Bring your stuffed animal, your laptop and your novel to one today!
about 1 month ago
Stop by the regional chatroom to ring in the start of NaNoWriMo after midnight, October 31st. That's when the madness, the fun and the excitement begins!
about 1 month ago
Don't forget to RSVP for our fun kick-off pot-luck lunch party this Saturday (October 29), 11:45 AM-2:45 PM. Bring your stuffed animal for the group photo! We'll have time for games at the end if you want to bring one.
about 1 month ago
Online prep workshop 8 pm, Sunday, October 23rd! We'll do a writing prompt warm-up and some more (pre) story walls (Describe your novel idea in 5-7 sentences and ask the questions you want answers for).
about 1 month ago
Just a quick note: unlike our other events at Nichols, the prep workshop on Saturday Oct 22 (led by Brian Cable) will be in a different room: NaperLaunch. This space is on the upper level at Nichols and is located behind the Computer Desk. It is between the red pillars.
about 1 month ago
Come to our Slack channel Friday, October 21st for our online, virtual preparatory workshop. 8 pm CDT.
about 1 month ago
Plan to attend the online, virtual preparatory workshop, Monday, October 17th, 8 pm CDT. Come to our slack channel for this (if we have 8 people or less, we'll move over to an appear.in video chat)
about 1 month ago
For those who are coming to this Saturday's workshop on characters (2016-10-15, 1-3 PM, Nichols Library) - it would be great if you brought some kind of notebook/notepad/computer and something to write with. This event will be heavily writing/activity based!
about 1 month ago
Be sure to join and test out our new slack-basd chatroom! We'll schedule a couple of virtual prep workshops soon.
2 months ago
Just a quick reminder that Glen Ellyn Public Library is open from 1-5 pm on Sundays, so you don't have to arrive there too early for the Sunday (October 9th) Story Wall Party. It will take us a few minutes to get everything set up.
2 months ago
See information about our FIVE preparatory workshops in October (further information is on our calendar). Prepare for November!
3 months ago
Saturday, September 17th is the last Journey meeting of the year. Everyone is welcome to come out: 11:30 AM-3:30 PM, Glen Ellyn Public Library, bring your own lunch. There will be workshops on short story writing and on the discovery process of writing.
3 months ago
Sam and Tim will be at a table at the Santori Public Library in Aurora 2-4 pm Saturday, September 10th. See the Aurora Public Library Catch A Bunch Of Authors event page (their event runs 1-4 pm) and also consider signing up for their Success With Independent Publishing workshop that morning, 9:15 am-11 am.
11 months ago
Short story writers and poets: consider participating in the 2016 Journey Anthology (aka Anthology 12). Stories and poems are reimagined, inspired by classic tales.
11 months ago
Check out the schedule of Writing Journey events, all free and open to the public. January 23rd is our kick-off general meeting at the Woodridge Public Library.
12 months ago
For those who missed it, please see the pictures and video from our fabulous TGIO! If you have a chance, please help us improve by taking this short survey. And it's not too late to join the Journey, our year-round writing group.
about 1 year ago
Those coming to the TGIO: please don't forget your Library Crawl Cards for that raffle! And your stuffed animal for the group photo
about 1 year ago
Be sure to RSVP to the fun-filled, celebratory TGIO party December 5th (you do not need to have 50K+ words to attend). And consider joining the Writing Journey, our year round writing group. Also: don't forget to validate your win! so you can be eligible for things like the free book offer from Fast Pencil.
about 1 year ago
New word war prizes for the Sunday write-in at Nichols Library:
about 1 year ago
Congratulations to TRRDEDEAN for being first on the board with words written on the first day of the six day 18k challenge!
about 1 year ago
Photos from the Woodridge and IPPL write-ins yesterday (2015-11-21).
about 1 year ago
Go read the thread in the Norway forum for how to make yourself available for a word count duel (tvekamp). It is a great motivational tool! You can also pick up the gauntlet here to challenge Norwegians who have opened thmselves up to challenge. Just send them NaNomail to confirm and then let NewMexicoKid know to set it up on the tvekamp site.
about 1 year ago
Be sure to sign into our word count tracker for write-ins (naperwrimo.org/wordcount) to help facilitate word wars. And bring your stuffed animal with you to write-ins!
about 1 year ago
See our calendar of write-ins and read about the Library Crawl, where you can attend write-ins of participating libraries and Side Street Studio Arts (Elgin), collect their special library card that can be exchanged at the TGIO Party (Dec 5th) for raffle tickets. And don't forget to join our regional word count graph.
about 1 year ago
- Look what Ed gave me to bring tomorrow! Yellow cake + strawberry preserves + chocolate cake with butter cream frosting. Can't wait! Don't forget your stuffed animals!
about 1 year ago
It's not too late to RSVP for our fun pot-luck lunch kick-off party, Saturday, October 24, 11:45 am-2 pm, Naperville Municipal Center lunch room. Don't forget to bring your stuffed animal for the group photo! It will be a fun, inspirational event to set the tone for NaNo!
about 1 year ago
We'll meet Monday, October 19, 8 pm CDT in our IRC chatroom for a chat on NaNoWriMo preparations. Missed our prep workshops? Join us for this informal discussion.
about 1 year ago
We have one more preparatory workshop: Saturday, October 17, 1-3 pm at Nichols Library (Naperville): Characterology 101 by Kat Stepp and Todd Hogan. Missed the other three workshops? Slides, notes and photos are available. Also, don't forget to RSVP for the kick-off party October 24th at the Naperville Municipal Center.
about 1 year ago
Folks should plan to come out to the 95th Street Library (Naperville) Saturday (October 10th), 1-3 pm. Whether you’re a plotter strategizing your battle plan or a pantser curious about investing in a Nanowrimo road map, this session will help you visualize your novel rather than writing blind. Led by Sam Brown, aka “Basil Cliffside,” you will learn how to turn your story idea into 30 bite-sized pieces so you can avoid that deer-in-the-headlights feeling every day you’re faced with an empty page.
about 1 year ago
NaNoWriMo in a Nutshell: Catherine Brennan and Tim Yao lead this preparatory workshop 6:45 pm-8:45 pm, Thursday, Oct 8 at the Santori Library in Aurora (101 S. River St) that focuses on the whys & hows of writing a novel in a month. Bring your laptop or notebook and pen to this highly interactive and entertaining workshop to gain a better understanding of how National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) works and how you can succeed in writing your novel this November. There will be (small) prizes and even an example word war!
about 1 year ago
Read about our first preparatory workshop by Anastasia007 (and writertodd07): story beats and genres.
about 1 year ago
Get your NaNo hipster PDA at one of our four preparatory workshops, starting with the first at Nichols Library, 1-3 pm, this Saturday (Oct 3).
about 1 year ago
Heading into November, consider using our IRC-based chat room to participate in online word wars.

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