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NaNoWriMo Begins!

Writers, National Novel Writing Month is upon us! Never heard of it? Want local resources? Check this out!
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The Official 2023 NaNoWriMo Graphic

November is National Novel Writing Month, which means that writers across the world will be starting the challenge of writing 50,000 words of their novels in 30 days. There is a large community online that allows you to create a profile and connect with other novelists or access a variety of resources they’ve provided. Planning and outlining during October is helpful, but absolutely not necessary to dive into a new project. The main goal of the campaign is to write every day to get the words out of your head and onto the page. Relinquish the pressure of creating a perfect (or even “good”) draft and permit yourself to create a first draft.

Register here to officially begin the challenge on November 1st and, if you write 50,000 words (1,667 per day) by November 30th, you are considered a winner! Of course, most would agree that any writing progress made this month would be considered a win, but if you complete the main challenge you are given a banner and the opportunity for other prizes. Their website is also helpful in creating other goals, or even participating in this challenge in a month that is better suited for you.

If you’d like to get involved with the local NaNoWriMo events, there are a few options! The Creative Writing Society at OSU has a channel in their main Discord dedicated to NaNoWriMo and welcomes excerpts from this project to workshop in the terms following this challenge. There’s also a registered group for the Corvallis-Albany region on the NaNoWriMo website who have their own Discord and events hosted in Corvallis throughout the month:

  • Novel Planning Party!

Monday, October 30th, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. in the C3 Oak Room at the Corvallis Community Center (2601 NW Tyler Ave., Corvallis)

  • Write-Ins

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. in the C3 Oak Room at the Corvallis Community Center (2601 NW Tyler Ave., Corvallis)
Wednesdays, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Monroe Community Library (380 N 5th St., Monroe)
Saturdays (except 11/11), 2 p.m.-5 p.m. in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s 2nd Floor Board Room (645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis)

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Jay Enghauser, Editor-in-Chief
Jay Enghauser is the Assistant Editor of PRISM for the 2023-24 school year. They are a 5th year senior with a creative writing major (and two pets that they’re obsessed with). They transferred from Linn Benton Community College in the spring of 2022. On top of being a consumer of PRISM for the last few years, they are currently a consultant at the Undergraduate Research and Writing Studio and the secretary of the Creative Writing Society. In 2023 they were awarded the Bernard Malamud Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing Majors and had an honorable mention for the Undergraduate Weaver Award for Poetry.

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