National Novel Writing Month 2023

At San Mateo County Libraries, we’re celebrating National Novel Writing Month, opens a new window (NaNoWriMo) with workshops designed to fight writer's block, refine your prose, mimic famous writing and create family stories. You can also Come Write In alongside fellow writers at Pacifica Sharp Park and San Carlos Libraries and be inspired by your fellow authors churning out their word counts.  

During NaNoWriMo every November, writers around the world pledge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. While that might seem daunting, your writing doesn’t need to be perfect—it just needs to be!  

I have a story to tell...if only I had the time... 
I’ll write my novel...someday.  
I’ll start writing in the new year.  

If that sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone! While great ideas might come to us, it’s often hard to pick up a pen/pencil/stylus/keyboard and craft a story... a paragraph... even a word! Just finding time to sit down and write can feel like a chore. And who knows if you’ll ever finish?  

This November, why don’t you give NaNoWriMo a try? 

Be bold, have fun and write on! Your novel is waiting! 

Write With San Mateo County Libraries

Drop in or sign up for one of our NaNoWriMo workshops this November! 

Words in Motion: Techniques for Defeating Writer's Block 

Copy Cat Creative Writing 

Refine Your Writing Craft: A Sentence Focus Workshop 

How about some helpful books to bring on your journey?  

No Plot? No Problem!

The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide

Letters to A Young Writer

The Kite and the String

Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

Write your Book Now!