Kansas Wesleyan to Participate in National Novel Writing Month

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During the month of November, Kansas Wesleyan University will participate in the National Novel Writing Month program, an annual internet-based project. The challenge is to write 50,000 words (or approximately 175 pages) of a new novel between November 1 and November 30. The project has grown from an event of just under two dozen participants in 1999 to over 200,000 people who participated last year for a total of over 2.8 billion words.

Writers wishing to participate will register with the project's website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including a synopsis and excerpts. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for automatic counting.  All levels of writers are encouraged to attend, including middle school and high school students. Na No Wri Mo, according to its national website, “is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing.” (www.nanowrimo.org)

The Writers’ Guild at KWU is sponsoring Jerry Jones, local author and former KWU Men’s Basketball Coach, to conduct writing classes at Kansas Wesleyan University on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for the month of November. Class will be held from 7-9pm. Jones’ syllabus for the class covers a variety of topics designed to motivate and encourage writers new to the genre. Writers wishing to participate can call the English Department at Kansas Wesleyan University at 827-5541 ext 1324. The class is free and open to the public. Classes will be held in Pioneer Hall, Room 350, beginning Tuesday, October 30th.