Summer Announcements

[This was originally sent as a Broadcast Message. It’s reposted here, just in case it got lost somewhere (cough, spam folder, cough)]

Hey, guys, the first Camp NaNoWriMo session is almost over. You’re ready for that, right? You’re ready for May, and Summer (cause we have more than one season here, right?), ‘vacations’… really, let’s not go on. It’s a bit intimidating.

Lots of stuff going on soon, so get out your calendar to mark off some dates.

Kick Off 2017

Kick off will be at El Cholo again, on Sunday, October 29th, 3-5pm. Save the date!

Yeah, we really didn’t want a repeat of last year where it suddenly changed at the last minute (really, as much as that sucked for you guys, the panic we went through was worse).

Also, expect TGIO to be December 2nd or 3rd. We’re finalizing the location, which means we are finalizing the time too. But, expect it that weekend (really, you longtimers should be able to guess when we hold events).

The Anthology Needs your submissions!

That’s right, the Anthology is back for the 4th year with We’ve All Been Here Before.

This year’s theme is ‘Returning’ or ‘Going Back’ and a prompt of ‘concealing’ or ‘hiding’. Word limit is 4000 words (or shorter). They are also looking for a cover artist.

Full submission criteria is located at NaNo Los Angeles.org and on is also posted to the forum. Questions about this year’s anthology should be directed to LANaNoAnthology@gmail.com.

And of course, the previous three anthologies (Believe Me Not, It’s About Time, and Meet the Systems) are available on Amazon in physical and Kindle editions.

NaNo Prep Is coming for you!

We did a little NaNo Prep before Camp started,  but expect a lot more starting in the month of May.

We have constant Prep prepared (lol, prep prepared) between now and November. It starts next month on Twitter, Facebook, and our website. Then in June we will return with in person Prep sessions (aimed at the July Camp session) on the Westside and in the Burbank area.

Finally, Alexis will be leading a massive two months of Prep starting in September right into November. Two Months of Prep. It will be Day -45 of NaNoWriMo and you will already be sick of it because of all the prep.

Goodreads Book Club

I really want to say ‘But wait, there’s more!”

I tried to start using the Bookclub feature a couple of years ago so we can read local authors and Wrimos, but there wasn’t much interest, not just with participants, but also with my fellow MLs. Our current team is willing to give it another go.

Right now we’re just choosing books that we know we enjoyed and think we can chat with you about. If you have ideas of good books for us to read/feature, tell us about them (we might have you host a month!).

Mia will be starting us off with Unwind by Neal Shusterman in May. Join us on Goodreads.com and we can have non writing related fun together!

One More Thing

I don’t think I’ve promoted this recently, but we also have a Facebook group. It’s a little different than our page as you have general discussion on it. You’re also much more likely to see posts there than on the Page (thank you Facebook), which is why I usually share stuff from the Page to the group too.

You should totally join and talk with us. It’s great for making quick informal write ins or just chatting about thing that make us think of NaNo (like wombats. NaNo is really just about wombats).

Okay, I’ve taken enough of your time. Probably too much considering this is the off-season.
-Xander

2014 Camp NaNoWriMo April Session

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The first session of Camp NaNoWriMo starts on April 1st! Camp NaNoWriMo is more of a “retreat” and it’s not strict like November’s NaNoWriMo. For Camp NaNoWriMo, you can complete an edited draft, write a screenplay, set your own word goal (i.e. 10,000 to 999,999), pick your own genre, and more! The possibilities and ideas are endless!

Because this is Camp, you get to cabin up with other 11 WriMos who will be there to support and help you on your virtual writing summer retreat.

If you feel like you’ve neglected your writing for a while and need to get back into writing or are you still feeling withdrawal from November ending, participate in Camp NaNoWriMo!

Go to Camp NaNoWriMo to sign up!

Write-ins during April will be at our year round write-ins. But if you would like to host an April write-in, leave a comment or email us at nanolosangeles (at) gmail (dot) com, and they will be posted it in the “Camp NaNoWriMo April Write-Ins” page.

If you are hosting a write-in, make sure to include the following information:

[Region/Location (Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc.)] Name of Write-In
Location: place you are hosting the write-in, with address
Date(s):
Time: When do you want to start and end? This can be approximate or tentative
Details/Info: Anything we need to know before we come? Parking situation weird? Any outlets, or should we have our batteries charged? Internet?

Happy Writing and see you all at Camp!

Camp NaNoWriMo Again!

Camp NaNoWriMo (second session) starts in a couple days: July 1st! If having November and April NaNoWriMo sessions aren’t enough, or you missed the last Camp NaNoWriMo in April. You have another chance this starting July 1st!

Like in April, Camp NaNoWriMo is more flexible than NaNoWriMo in November. You can compete an edited draft, write a screenplay, set your own word goal, and you get to cabin up with other WriMos based on genre, age, cabin activity level, or just list 6 buddies to be your cabin mates.

You must register at Camp NaNoWriMo Registration. (You can use the same November username and password.)

If you’re looking for write-ins to join check our Google Calendar at the Los Angeles Region NaNoWriMo forum, or at NaNoLosAngeles Site or here’s the list:.

Saturdays:

[Culver City] Coffee Connection Cafe, 3838 S Centinela Ave, LA, CA, 9:30am – 1pm, led by Susan Nichols
Please contact Susan with questions: ivy9sdaytoday (at) gmail (dot) com

[Studio City] Jump Cut Cafe, 13203 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, led by Chris Bailey
Please contact Chris with questions: rosedak1st (at) gmail (dot) com

[Torrance] Tous Les Jours (TLJ) – 2nd Saturdays – July 13, 2814 Sepulveda Blvd., #A Torrance, CA 90505, 1 – 4pm, led by Nita Lieu, but for July, it will be led (probably) by Yoshiko and Caitlin.
Please contact Nita with questions: nitaspitas (at) gmail (dot) com

Sundays:

[Pasadena] Vroman’s Writing Group, 695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, 9am – 1pm, led by Sara McBride
Please contact Sara with questions: smcbridem (at) caltech (dot) edu

Mondays:

[Hollywood] Late Night @ Denny’s @ Gower Gulch, 6100 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 8pm – Midnight, led by Xander Bennett. NOTE: Do not park in the Gower Gulch parking lot, you might get towed. PLEASE STREET PARK.
Please contact Xander with questions: bennett.xander (at) gmail (dot) com

See you guys at camp!