Kick Off and Anthology Release Party

[Pasadena] NaNoWriMo Kick Off and Anthology Release PartyElCholoPasadena
Saturday, October 29th, 3:00-5:00pm
El Cholo Pasadena
300 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Located in the Paseo Colorado Mall, use the parking garage, El Cholo does validate. The garage is usually packed, and we will be there on a Saturday versus a Sunday.

There will be swag bags for everyone and an appetizer bar, though it usually goes fast. You can, of course, order off of El Cholo’s menu.

Additionally, there will be several items for raffle. Everyone gets a ticket for attending, but extra tickets can be purchased for a couple of dollars. There will also be prep packs and inspirational items available for a small donation.

Raffles include, but are not limited to:

  • Official NaNoWriMo Posters from this year and several previous years
  • Several journals
  • Obfuscated Books (you won’t know what you’re getting until you win them!)
  • Romance Swag Bags
  • Candy

NaNo Los Angeles Anthology: Meet the Systems: Stories of Regimes, Schemes & Formulasmeet the systems
This year’s kick off party will feature the release of the 3rd NaNo Los Angeles short story anthology! Buy a book and snag author autographs at Kick Off! Meet the Systems: Stories of Regimes, Schemes & Formulas includes 21 system-themed stories that begin with the phrase: “Where did this come from?”

We have limited books available and we’re likely to sell out! So pre-order a discounted copy for $13.99 by emailing (pre-payment required). Please include your name, email address, and how many books you’d like to order. If we have any books left after pre-orders, you can buy a copy of the book for $14.99 at Kick Off. If you can’t make it to kick off, you can buy the anthology now on Amazon for $17.99.

Proceeds go to support NaNo Los Angeles and NaNoWriMo, so help support the community that fuels your literary creativity! To learn more visit:

2014 Kick-Off Party!


Date: October 26, 2014 (Sunday)
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

El Cholo Café [in Paseo Colorado Mall, 2nd floor (PF Chang Side)]
260 E Colorado Blvd., Suite 203
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 795-5800

Come say hi to your NaNo friends in preparation for November’s novel writing excitement!

Never done NaNo before? Meet your local volunteer Municipal Liaisons (MLs) and ask them anything! Learn about the traveling shovel of death and the symbolism behind the viking helmet while soaking up the ins and outs of 50k in 30 days!

While you’re there, grab a swag bag filled with noveling awesomeness like Steampunk Achievement Cards, the 2014 “I Write” stickers, ninjas, and more!

Complimentary nacho and mini-chimichangas bar provided.

ElCholoSouthPatioNeed we say it again?  Mingling, fun, food, and prizes, yes PRIZES!

We’ll be raffling off a certificate for one two-day 2015 writing seminar ($155 value) from our friends at Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Writing Workshops Los Angeles offers courses and one-on-one fiction, non-fiction, and poetry instruction in small, fun classes that focus on work from a craft perspective, while delving deeply into the techniques of story, character, language, structure, and so on.  A post-November NaNo novelist’s dream!  Follow them on Twitter @writingla, Facebook, or Tumblr!

Also, as announced previously, many of you know Anita Robertson, an LA WriMo who gives lots of midnight word war encouragement.  She’s donating a kindle and a couple of autographed copies of her book (Welcome to Mineola) to NaNo LA in exchange for a microphone plug at Kick-Off.  We all thought that was a super great idea to help create a community of WriMos supporting WriMos.  If you’d like to do something similar, please contact Sara via email:

Don’t forget to RSVP (not required but appreciated) either on our Meet Up Page or at the NaNoWriMo LA Region Forum!

2013 Kick-Off Party!

Date: October 27, 2013 (Sunday)
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, but can stay later

El Cholo Café
260 E Colorado Blvd., Suite 203
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 795-5800

Details: El Cholo in Pasadena is on the second floor of the Paseo Colorado shopping mall. (Next to PF Chang’s and Bodega Wine Bar.) This is the same place as last year in the bigger patio area of the restaurant. Look for NaNoWriMo signs.

There will be swag bags, stickers, event information, achievement cards, and Raffle prizes – All free!

Raffle is at 3:30 PM

There will be some NaNo Los Angeles t-shirts and totes on sale for fundraising from our Zazzle store, so bring cash if you’re interested.

Your MLs and Lucky are sponsoring a taquito bar to encourage mingling and ninja challenges. Margaritas are available here too!

Metro Directions: Take the Gold Line and get off at Memorial Park Station. Head South on Arroyo Pkwy towards Colorado Blvd. When on Colorado Blvd, go East towards the Paseo Colorado Mall.

Parking: You can park at the Paseo Mall for 90 minutes free (with validation), with a $6 maximum, or you can look for free street parking around the mall or at City Hall (one block away). Just be sure to check the signs, most street parking in Pasadena is free on Sunday, but check the signs!

Click on this Link to RSVP at the LA Region NaNoWriMo thread – RSVP is not necessary, but it helps us to have a rough headcount.