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WRITERS: Learn more about the self-publishing process, including peer feedback and editing, and contribute a short story to this year’s community novel. Contact Project Organizers Lissa Staley and Miranda Ericsson.

Upcoming Community Novel Project and Writing Events at the Library

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days: NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party
Monday, October 24, 2016 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Marvin Auditorium
Write a 50,000 word draft in November with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Get fun and helpful advice from former participants, plus inspiration, motivation, stickers and other inspiring goodies that will power you through the month. Sign up at and join the Topeka region.

Fiction Writing: Come Write In
Sunday, November 6, 2016 • 1-5 p.m.
Sunday, November 13, 2016 • 1-5 p.m.
Sunday, November 20, 2016 • 1-5 p.m.
Menninger Room 206
NaNoWriMo participants meet to add scenes, chapters and characters to their stories, compete in word wars and further their plots. Bring laptops for a creative and frantic writing session to help boost word counts. Sign up at to write the first draft of your next novel in November.

Great Writers Right Here Author Fair
Saturday, December 10, 2016 • 1-4 p.m.
Marvin Auditorium
Meet talented authors from your region face-to-face at our fourth annual Great Writers Right Here author fair! Add signed books to your own collection and pick out fantastic gifts for family and friends.

What Publishing Insiders Wished Authors Knew
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 • 7-8:30 p.m.
Marvin Auditorium 101C
Julie Meidinger Trelstad, a 30-year NYC publishing veteran, talks about publishing myths, including what agents and publishing houses want, when to choose self-publishing, and the author’s role in publishing. Bring your questions to a facilitated conversation, and receive checklists to help aspiring writers.

Create the Community Novel 2017
Saturday, January 28, 2017 • Noon-2 p.m.
Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Learn self publishing from premise to paperback or ebook. Writers will create thematically connected narrative non-fiction, peer critique, revise, copy edit, layout, publish and market the book. Focus on collaboration, planning and project management skills. Register at