National Novel Writing Month 2017

Do you have a story that you’ve always wanted to tell? Now’s the time! In November, the Uniontown Public Library will celebrate National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) — an event that encourages participants to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days.

In addition to group writing sessions in November, the Library will host events before the start of NaNoWriMo to help you plan your book. We will also offer a post-NaNoWriMo event in December to discuss what you might do next with your project.

All of the events described below are free and open to the public. Writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome. Take this opportunity to meet other writers, explore your creativity, and finally pen that novel!

October: Preparing for NaNoWriMo

Writers Workshop: Planning and Plotting for NaNoWriMo
Wednesday, October 11 at 4:30 PM
At this week’s Writers Workshop, authors Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller will show you how to make an easy-to-follow outline for your book that will help you reach your daily word count goal.

Gear Up for NaNoWriMo!
Monday, October 30 at 6:00 PM
Ready to write? Take this time to plot out your NaNoWriMo novel and construct an outline to see you through the month. Go a step further by creating word clouds for your setting, characters, and plot, or by expanding your basic outline and charting your course chapter-by-chapter. Heidi and Jason will be on hand to offer advice and feedback!

November: Come Write In

NaNoWriMo Write-In
Monday, November 6 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Hit the ground running with our first evening Write-In! Simply bring your preferred writing tools and your imagination. Refreshments will be provided.

NaNoWriMo Write-In
Monday, November 20 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
If your set-up worked well at the first Write-In, get ready to do it all again. Need to switch things around a bit? Find a new space, a new snack, or handwrite instead of using your laptop and let the creative energy carry you along.

NaNoWriMo Write-In
Saturday, November 25 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Heading into the final stretch of NaNoWriMo, use this special weekend session to recharge, finish your goal early, or commiserate with other writers who might be woefully behind as well!

December: What’s Next?

Writers Workshop: Wrap-Up and Readings
Wednesday, December 6 from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Join us for the last UPL Writers Workshop session in 2017. As time allows, participants will have the opportunity to read from their NaNoWriMo project (or other works) for three minutes each. Let’s enjoy the hard work that we’ve put into those passages!

How Do I Get There?

All NaNoWriMo events will be held in the Library’s meeting rooms on the second floor. For access, use the steps in the main lobby or the elevator at the rear of the building.

Free parking is available behind the Library. If this lot is full, there is also a metered lot in front of the building. For more detailed information on how to get to the Library, please visit our Contact Us page.

If you have any questions about the Uniontown Public Library’s NaNoWriMo events, please contact the Library at (724) 437-1165 or email us at