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 NaNo Prep Sessions

Pad of Paper & PenThere are still 15 days until November 1st! How else can you prepare for your NaNo Novel? You can attend a NaNo Prep session hosted by your wonderful LA MLs.

As of today we still have four more classes (and spaces are filling up fast) for you to choose from before kickoff at 12:01 on November 1st.  Click on a link below to RSVP at our Meet Up page.

PLANNERS

NaNo Prep – Getting Ready for November – WestSIDE! 

If you cannot make one of these sessions, you can go to the NaNo Los Angeles site and download the individual documents from the NaNo Prep Packet.

PANTSERS

NaNo Prep Pantser Style via FIASCO

NaNo Prep Pantser Style via FIASCO – WestSIDE!

NaNo Prep Pantser Style via FIASCO

ONLINE

If you cannot make it to one of our courses, check out the online resources begin pumped out by our illustrious leaders in the Office of Letter’s & Light.

October 20, 5:00 PM PDT: Join Chris Baty and Blurb for a 100% free, 100% awesome webinar, full of the latest lessons he’s learned about writing a novel in 30 days—including some new tips from the 2014 edition of No Plot? No Problem! Click here to register.

October 20, All Day: It’s the National Day on Writing, and this year’s hashtag is #WriteMyCommunity. Nobody does large-scale community creativity like NaNoWriMo, so let’s show ‘em what we’re all about!

October 23, 1:00 PM PDT: Our second #NaNoPrep tweet-chat will make sure you’re fully prepared for November 1, only a week away. NaNoWriMo staff will answer your questions, assuage your concerns, and pump you up! (Please read that last bit á la Austrian bodybuilder.)