Monthly Archives: September 2018

It’s NaNoWriMo Prep Time!

It’s NaNoWriMo Prep Time!

Hello everyone!

It’s almost October and that means that it’s NaNo Prep time!
We have a brand spanking new regional forum for you to come explore.
And while you’re there, please introduce yourself.

There are a whole lot of great events planned this year!

Save Your Thursday Nights for NaNo!
First off, save all of your Thursday nights for October and November because we’ll have NaNo Prep workshops every Thursday in October and write ins every Thursday in November except Thanksgiving!
FYI – If you want to be sure you never miss an event, link your Google calendar with our Google calendar.

NaNoPrep Workshops
We’re very fortunate to have four very talented authors who have generously agreed to help us prepare for NaNo with these workshops:

October 4 – Richelle Renae McFate – How to be an Organized Writer
October 11 – Colleen Gleason – The Hero’s Journey for Writers (How to use the classic elements of storytelling to plot your book)
October 18 – Lev Raphael – Developing Important and Memorable Settings
October 25 – Elizabeth Heiter – How to Write Efficiently and Effectively

For more information about the workshops, see our thread here.

Kick Off Party
Our kick off this year will be Sunday October 28th. Go here for more information. And be sure to rsvp by Friday October 26th because there will be a very special goodie in those goodie bags this year. No hints. You’ll have to be there to find out. 😉

NaNoLansing Facebook Page
Also, if you want to be sure to see the NaNoLansing posts on your Facebook feed, be sure to like our page here.

We’re going to have a great NaNo Season!

Excitedly yours,
Your NaNoLansing Municipal Liaison
Contemplative Cat aka Annette

October NaNoLansing Prep Events!

October NaNoLansing Prep Events!

We’re really fortunate to have an exciting line up of excellent authors to assist us this October with preparing for NaNoWriMo so save all of your Thursday nights now because you won’t want to miss any of these!

Location, Dates and Times:

Where: Old Chicago 1938 Grand River Avenue, Okemos, MI 48864 –  Map
Dates: October 4, 11, 18 & 25
Times: 7 pm until 9ish. If we finish earlier, we can spend the time working on our novels and we might be able to stay later if we wish.

The Authors who have generously offered to share their expertise with us:

Richelle Renae McFate
In addition to being a published author and an amazing editor, Richelle Renae McFate is one of the most organized writers I’ve ever met and she’s going to share an organizational system she has mastered to help us with our novel prep.

Colleen Gleason
Colleen Gleason is an award winning author who has not only been on the USA Today bestseller list but also the New York Times Bestseller list. She has published 8 series and more than 50 books in a variety of genres. Her workshop is sure to be a winner and will help us develop a strategy to keep our plot moving.

Lev Raphael
Lev Raphael is an award winning author of over 25 books in multiple genres, both fiction and non-fiction. He has been a professor of creative writing at Michigan State University and teaches writing at His most recent book, Writer’s Block is Bunk, is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. In addition, his sense of humor makes his workshops as enjoyable as they are instructional.

Elizabeth Heiter
Elizabeth Heiter is a critically acclaimed and award winning author who has published 11 books in three series and two different genres. Her novels have been published in more than a dozen countries and translated into 8 languages. Her workshop is timely and will definitely help us to maximize our NaNoWriMo month in the best way possible.

Our Exciting Workshops:

October 4th
How to Be an Organized Writer 
Presented by Richelle McFate
Whether you are a pantster, a planner or somewhere in between, learning how to organize your thoughts while you write will help you with your novel. Richelle has mastered a style of organizing your writing. She will share her system using plotting notebooks, handouts and electronic programs to help tame the sometimes chaotic process of writing a novel in a month. (You can learn more about Richelle here:

October 11th
The Hero’s Journey for Writers – How to Use the Classic Elements of Storytelling to Plot Your Book.
Presented by Colleen Gleason
There are certain elements that make a story compelling—elements that have been found in tales since the beginning of human history. When we incorporate these elements in our work, we create story that draws in the reader through familiar and exciting elements. (You can learn more about Colleen here:

October 18
Developing Important and Memorable Settings
Presented by Lev Raphael
Writers are often so focused on plot, characters, and dialogue that they don’t pay enough attention to setting.  This workshop will explore ways in which you can make the setting in your fiction important and memorable. (You can learn more about Lev here :

October 25
How to Write Efficiently and Effectively
Presented by Elizabeth Heiter
All writers struggle to fit writing time into their schedules, stay on track, and make sure each new book is strong and unique.  The ability to write efficiently and effectively isn’t about time or method – it’s about mindset and creating habits that set you up for success. In the past four and a half years, Elizabeth Heiter has had 10 books in two genres published.  Join her as she shares her secrets for writing efficiently and effectively.  (You can learn more about Elizabeth here:

Hope to see you all there!