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April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo: Cabin and Write-in News!

April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo: Cabin and Write-in News!

Hello everyone and happy “Spring”!

This April’s Camp NaNoWriMo is right around the corner!

We have a cabin started and have some write-ins planned for this *informal* extravaganza!

If you are not familiar with Camp NaNoWriMo, it’s like a more laid back version of NaNoWriMo; you can write any sort of project you can think of and count your progress in word-count as usual, or in hours, pages, or lines! There is a lot of freedom to explore, and great opportunities for camaraderie and merriment along the way!

If you’d like to join in the festivities, head on over to campnanowrimo.org! Create an account (you’ll use the same login info as with the regular NaNoWriMo site) or sign-in again if you’ve participated before.

Once you’re all signed-in, you’ll need to join a cabin! What are cabins, you ask?

“Cabins are Camp NaNoWriMo’s version of a writing group. Up to twenty writers can bunk together in a virtual cabin to create a personal writing community.”

Camp NaNoWriMo will automatically sort you into a random cabin. That’s great fun, but if you’d like to join our cabin, here’s what to do!

  1. Make sure that you’ve named your project. You’ll probably be prompted at the main page, but otherwise, under “My Camp NaNo” go to “Writing Projects” and create a new one!
  2. Once you have a project, you’ll need to change your cabin settings. To do this, go to “Cabins”–>”Cabin Settings”. There you can select that you’d like to be able to receive cabin invitations
  3. If you’ve already been sorted into a random cabin, you can leave that one and instead opt to receive invitations.
  4. Send a private message (“Conversations”–>”Camp Inbox”–>”Message a Camper” on the left sidebar) to YuOfOwari22 and let me know you’d like to join! I’ll then invite you to join our cabin.

Cabins cap out at 20 writers, but we can always have more than one if the first fills up so never fear – you’ll not have to write alone!

Speaking of not writing alone, we have a few write-ins planned for those who are so inclined:

April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo Write-in Schedule:
Thursday, April 6: 7pm – 10pm
Thursday, April 13: 7:30pm – 10pm

All the write-ins planned so far will be held at the Grand Traverse Pie Co., 1403 E. Grand River , East Lansing, MI 48823

If you’d like to suggest other dates/times/places for write-ins, throw out your ideas on the Cabin Message Board (found under “Cabins”–>”My Cabin” once you’ve joined)!

Or if you’d like to communicate with all of NaNoLansing, and not just your cabin, please post over at our NaNoLansing Thread at NaNoWriMo.

Hope to see/”see” some of you soon!

Excitedly Yours,
Courtney aka YuOfOwari22
along with Annette aka Contemplative Cat
Your NaNoLansing Municipal Liaisons (ML) aka your event coordinators, purveyors of fun, answerers of questions and senders of periodic regional messages to keep you in the loop.

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Scrivener Workshop January 28th 10 am to 3 pm!

Scrivener Workshop January 28th 10 am to 3 pm!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I’m writing today to let you all know about a wonderful workshop that Alexandria Sure has coordinated for us.

Come learn Scrivener with your NaNoWriMo family.

Date:  Saturday, January 28, 2017

Time:  10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location:
Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933
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Open to the first 15 participants that register. Bring your laptop to follow along. Time remaining after the course has been completed will be used for hands-on learning, plotting/writing, or editing.

Coffee and water provided. Lunch break at noon – bring a lunch or visit our local downtown Lansing food vendors. Feel free to bring anything else you’d like to snack on or drink.

FREE Parking in the back of the building. Doors open at 9:45 am. If you arrive after 10 am, you must call 517.980.0380 to be let into the building.

Please RSVP using the link below.

https://1drv.ms/xs/s!At6z_9LlqlWBkgKc0hDJhL4zvCww

Scrivener can be purchased/installed at https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php?show=features
If you won NaNo, you were given a code for 50% off in your winner’s goodies.  If you didn’t win, but would like to get the code (which is good until 11-1-17) you can check out the Special Offer Code Giveaway Thread for a code or contact Contemplative Cat who has a code she won’t be using.

Thanks for coordinating this, Alexandria!  Hope to see a full house there.

Post NaNo Write Ins:

We’re still looking at having these, but haven’t finalized details.  If you would like to discuss ideas about this, please check out our Writing Through the New Year Thread.

Here’s to a Fun and Productive New Year!

Annette aka Contemplative Cat
along with Courtney aka YuOfOwari22
Your NaNoLansing Municipal Liaisons (ML) aka your event coordinators, purveyors of fun, answerers of questions and senders of periodic regional messages to keep you in the loop.

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Validate Your Novel! Last Blast Write In, TGIO

Validate Your Novel! Last Blast Write In, TGIO

It’s November 30th, Valiant Word Warriors! Our last day of writing!

If you have crossed that 50K line and haven’t donned that awesome purple winner’s banner, then please Validate Your Novel!  Get the awesome prizes that come from winning!  Join the 2016 Winner’s Hall of Fame!  For information on how to Validate – Click Here.  BTW – You can continue to update your word count with the Purple Winner’s Banner.  Also, NaNoWriMo does not keep your novel, but if you are still concerned you can use find/replace and crazy up the novel you upload to validate.

If you’re still working on getting to that 50K (there are dozens of you so close) we’re cheering you on, keep writing!  You’re almost there.  Pull out all the stops and take your characters on crazy adventures!  If you’re so far away you aren’t sure you can do it – try anyway.  Join the ranks of the NaNoLansing Heros who amazingly wrote astounding amounts of words on their last few days!  (Thinking of 3 people at the moment who did this.)  Anything is possible!

Come to our Last Blast Get Your Words In Write In tonight at Old Chicago from 9 pm to midnight.  We’ll have hotspots on our phones if the wi-fi goes down.  (If you’ve won already come join us anyway.  It will be fun!)  We’ll update our house points for you.  And you will get house points for attending tonight for those last bits of house point chances!  (Final point count will be completed by Saturday to give us a chance to tally everything.)  And speaking of Saturday…

TGIO Party this Saturday!

Come celebrate the month with your fellow word wizards on Saturday 12-5 from 2 until 5 pm.

  • We’ll have a potluck
  • Awards – Must RSVP so we can make them for you.  Please do so early, or you might get a handwritten generic one.  😉
  • White Elephant Exchange – Bring a wrapped gift (regifted, homemade or no more than $10.)  We will have a fun trading game to pass them around.
  • Raffle Prizes!  We have a NaNoWriMo Poster as one of these plus a warm fuzzy blanket.
  • Games!
  • See who wins the coveted House Trophy!

RSVP Here.

Congratulations to our 2016 NaNoLansing Word Wizards who have crossed the 50K mark as of this writing.  If you have an asterisk (*) by your name, be sure to validate your novel asap.

Sihaya48, Remmirath, Contemplative Cat, Grimmlin, Tricia LB Warren,* roseworthington, ConnorHawke, cactusrose, curtisa5, AlexandriaSure, CammieDiane, girly1393,S_Featherstone, Faith Gider, poptartodoom, *Alyx95, estelraca, The_Riskbreaker, jesirobe, dei.gratia.hobbit, jhirst18, Victoria L. Rienhardt, *Stiliger, stargirlofthesea, J.B.Wickstop, PermanentlyTired, Cavebound Dragon, FreedomWarrior, Chelle LaBelle, TatooedLaura, Penny Michelle

We’re cheering you on!  We’re proud of you!  Whether you’ve written an amazing amount of words of this month, or just wrote a little, every word matters.  Your story matters.  You can be proud of yourself!  Celebrate your success!

Encouragingly Yours,
Your Fearless Co-Municipal Liaisons (and Heads of House Gryffindor)
Annette (Contemplative Cat) and Courtney (YuOfOwari22)

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Channel Your Inner Clever and Resourceful Self!

Channel Your Inner Clever and Resourceful Self!

Hey there NaNoLansing!

Just a few quick announcements before we head to our clever pep talk from Slytherin!

ML Sponsored Events:

  • Word Wizardry Write In – this Sunday from 12 to 5:30.  There’s still space left, so please join us for a day of word wizardry fun.  RSVP here.
  • Monday Virtual ML Sponsored write in 8 pm to 10 pm

Come Write In Events:

  • Tomorrow Saturday 11-19, the Okemos Public Library has an all day write in with coffee and tea.  9 am to 7 pm.
  • Monday 11-21 Delta Township Library Come Write In  4 pm to 6 pm.  There may be authors there discussing the craft.

Other Fun Stuff:


Speaking of House Points….
Hufflepuff remains in 1st place, however in a neck and neck race, Slytherin has overtaken Ravenclaw for second place and our brave, but needs more stupendousness, Gryffindor remains in 4th place.  (We can do it, Gryffs!  Come to write ins!  Do something awesome!)   *cough, cough* so back to the results…

1st – Hufflepuff – 7334
2nd – Slytherin – 6846
3rd – Ravenclaw – 6785
4th – Gryffindor – 6502

Your house Gryffindor MLs
Annette (Contemplative Cat) and Courtney (YuOfOwari22)

And now – Onto the brilliantly cunning and creative pep talk from Slytherin!

4 Region School of Wordcraft and Wizardry
House Heads: Annette/Contemplative Cat (Gryffindor), Beth/lachattefatale (Ravenclaw), Heather/kdskid007 (Hufflepuff), Lori/Flyleaf (Slytherin)

 

Dear Wrimos,

We’re well into November and the end may be coming a tad too quickly for some. Now is the time to channel your inner serpent and call on a few Slytherin traits. No matter which House you call home, you may need a dose of cleverness, a dash of resourcefulness, a pinch of determination, and “a certain disregard for the rules.”

The NaNo forums are here to help. Check out the Reaching 50,000! Section, where you’ll find Tips & Tricks, NaNo Dares, Scenes to Up Your Word Count, and more. You’ll also discover that none of this is actually against the rules, but don’t let that stop you.

Want a few quick tips from the forum, right here in your inbox? Give these a shot:
– Find and replace all the contractions with full words. Ex: “wasn’t” becomes “was not”.
– Give your main character a ridiculously long title and be sure it’s used every time. Ex: The Supremely Awesome Yet Gloriously Humble But Non Self Deprecating Exact Right Amount of Self Confidence Perfect Mary Sue.
– Accept a ridiculous dare and write a quick scene that is not part of the story. You may be surprised at how quickly you can write when you know it doesn’t matter. And you just may end up discovering something about your characters in the process.

For those of you who’ve hit the 50k or are well on the way, I salute you. Your timely resourcefulness and determination have served you well. Bravo! Keep cheering the rest of us on, if you will, and let’s do our noveling wizardry school proud.

Your Slytherin Head of House,

Lori/Flyleaf
ML Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Bravely Forge Ahead (with house points update!)

Bravely Forge Ahead (with house points update!)

4 Region School of Wordcraft and Wizardry
House Heads: Annette/Contemplative Cat (Gryffindor), Beth/lachattefatale (Ravenclaw), Heather/kdskid007 (Hufflepuff), Lori/Flyleaf (Slytherin)

Hello fellow word wizards,

We are nearing the end of week 1 of our daring and courageous experience called NaNoWriMo.

Week 1 is the time of enthusiasm, passion, hope and excitement.  It is a valiant task to embark upon writing 50,000 words in a month, but one which many past word wizards like yourself have achieved and one which you can too!

How are you doing?  Are you feeling the excitement and bravely forging ahead?  Have you gone to your house common rooms and sought out the camaraderie that is gained with your fellow housemates?  Are you needing some encouragement?

Your fearless house professors (aka regional Municipal Liaisons – MLs) are here to help you achieve your goals and have many potions, spells, threads and words of wisdom to guide you through this process.  The more you immerse yourself in the experience, the better you will be able to achieve your goal, so be fearless.  Attend your write ins, use your spells, converse with fellow word wizardry students in the forums and forge ahead!  You are sure to feel a newfound sense of confidence and strength – and there might be some house points in it too.  😉

And speaking of house points….

Our current standings are:

Ravenclaw – 2442
Hufflepuff -2440
Slytherin – 2190
Gryffindor – 1814

So dear word wizards, we leave you with these words of Dumbledore,

Your house Gryffindor Professors aka USA::Michigan::Lansing MLs,

Professor Contemplative Cat (Annette) and
Professor YuOfOwari22 (Courtney)

PS.  If you haven’t yet been assigned to one of the Harry Potter houses and would like to fully immerse yourself into this magical month, please contact your regional professor aka Municipal Liaison.

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NaNoLansing ML Sponsored Events:

Virtual Write In – Monday November 7 from 8 to 10 pm.  NaNoLansing Chat RoomMust be registered first.
Write In – Thursday November 10th from 7-10 pm Old Chicago

Other events (Not ML sponsored):
Come Write In – Monday November 7 from 6-7:30 pm Delta Township Library
All Day Write In with Alexandria Sure and Chelle Labelle– Saturday November 12 from 10 am to 3 pm – Foster, Swift Collins & Smith.

Battle of Midway – House Points available
Saturday November 12 from 10:30 to 4:30 Grand Blanc.  Please RSVP here asap and Post here for carpooling.

NaNo Selfie Day!
On Friday November 11, take a picture of yourself writing and post on twitter (#NaNoSelfie16) or our NaNo Selfie Day Thread.  If you post on twitter, be sure to come back to the thread and let us know.  There will be house points available!

In Other news:
Our Double Up Donation Day was an astounding Success!
Thank you everyone who donated!  We can all be proud of the money that we as a region have raised for NaNoWriMo.

Thank you also to our wonderful in-kind donors who have donated items and their spaces so we can enjoy our events:

You all make NaNoWriMo great!

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Welcome to our 4 Region School of Wordcraft and Wizardry!

Welcome to our 4 Region School of Wordcraft and Wizardry!

4 Region School of Wordcraft and Wizardry
House Heads: Annette/Contemplative Cat (Gryffindor), Beth/lachattefatale (Ravenclaw), Heather/kdskid007 (Hufflepuff), Lori/Flyleaf (Slytherin)

This year we are joining with 3 other regions in a combined group experience.  The mechanics of NaNo remain the same, but there is some added fun with friendly competitions between houses.  You can read more about it here.

Bold Gryffindor from wild moor,
Fair Ravenclaw from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin from fen.
~ J.K. Rowling

Dear Wrimo Word Wizard,

We’re all of the sort to be sorted, and some may be unsorted yet, but your region’s ML has been sort of sorted, whether by truth or by circumstance. Each one represents a strong House, whether shrewd, sweet, bold, or fair. And each one will host a Common Room (Slytherin’s more of a lair). We’ll all share an intro and a quick hello, and hope you’re the sort who’ll drop in once you’re sorted to visit your own Common Room.

Beth/lachattefatale: RAVENCLAW- USA::Oregon::Albany-Corvallis
I’m Beth, and I’m a Ravenpuff. That is, when I take online Harry Potter quizzes, I usually score about 50% Ravenclaw, 48% Hufflepuff, 2%Gryffindor, and a lot of please-not-Slytherin-thank-you. I’ll be your head of Ravenclaw House this November, and you can join the best, most scholarly novelists in the Ravenclaw Common Room to meet other Ravenclaw writers from Oregon, Michigan, and Massachusetts. My co-ML and Head Prefect of Ravenclaw, Jen/Scrollwork will also be on hand to help demonstrate that even though we Ravenclaws are all lofty intellectuals (ha!), we know how to have a good time.

Annette/Contemplative Cat: GRYFFINDOR- USA::Michigan::Lansing
When I’ve taken sorting tests, I tend to fall closely between several houses.  Some days I’m more Gryffindor, others more Ravenclaw with the other two houses popping up occasionally.  But as the head of Gryffindor, I’ll bravely and loyally assist you, my fellow Gryffindorians, with all of my heart.  My Co-ML, Courtney (YuOfOwari22) will be assisting as our Head Prefect and although she has sorted in different houses, she will faithfully help all of our brave Gryffindor Word Wizards too.  Like Lori, this is my 10th year doing NaNo and my 5th as an ML.  (Pretty cool that we both started at the same time.)  Hopefully this will be my tenth win too.  (Don’t want to break that winning streak.) This 4 region endeavor is something we’ve never done before and it’s so very exciting.  I hope you have just as much fun with this as we’ve had planning it for you all!  So join our daring and courageous group as we forge ahead in this adventure called NaNoWriMo and don’t forget to come hang out in our Gryffindor tower.  The fire is blazing, the chairs are comfy and the view is wonderful!

Heather/kdskid007: HUFFLEPUFF- USA::Michigan::Flint
Hey all! I’m Heather, co-ML of Michigan’s Flint region. My fellow MLs, Meg and Wendi, and I all tend to get sorted into other houses (I have a mighty snake within my soul) but we all believe that writers are people of all sorts, and Hufflepuff aligns with that view, so we are thrilled to be heading Hufflepuff House. I’ve been at NaNo since 2008, and have been an ML of Flint since 2012. Wendi has been my co since 2013, and Meg was our unofficial ML in 2012, moved to Japan to teach for a couple years, and re-joined us on the ML team in 2015. Once you’re sorted, stop on by our Hufflepuff Common Room and chat with your fellow Badgers. (Even if you’re not in Hufflepuff, stop by our other threads and chat up our wrimos. They’re a friendly bunch.)

Lori/Flyleaf: SLYTHERIN- USA::Massachusetts::Cape Cod
I’ve never completely fit in any one group and Hogwarts is no exception. Pottermore sorted me into Ravenclaw and Slytherin, an extended quiz placed me in Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff. I call myself a RavenSlytherPuff, but I’m channeling my Slytherin side for the month of November. And I can’t wait. 10 years as a NaNoWriMo, 5 years as an ML, this is the one I’m looking forward to most. I’ll be working on fresh rewrites for my completely restructured steampunk/dreampunk Alice interactive adventure while living as a noveling wizard who’s getting in touch with her inner Bellatrix. Yep, We’re All Mad Here. Slytherins, come join the madness, uh… fun in our dungeon. The password rhymes with cake. (Feel free to bring cake. Or butterbeer. Love that stuff.)
“You could be great, you know, it’s all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that.” -Rowling

Yours sincerely,
Annette/Contemplative Cat, Courtney/YuOfOwari22: GRYFFINDOR- USA::Michigan::Lansing
Beth (Elizabeth)/ lachattefatale, Jen/Scrollwork: RAVENCLAW- USA::Oregon::Albany-Corvallis
Heather/kdskid007, Meg/BlackberrySpark, Wendi/cgirl1979: HUFFLEPUFF- USA::Michigan::Flint
Lori/Flyleaf: SLYTHERIN- USA::Massachusetts::Cape Cod

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Lansing Regional Announcements

Online – Ring In NaNo Write In with your MLs
Come join your MLs in our online regional chat room 10-31-16 from 11 pm to 1 am.
We’ll help each other get started a jump start on our words.
You will need to register if you haven’t done so already.

Prefer an in person event tonight?
Join Hillary-Noelle at the EL IHop on Grand River Ave. 10-31-16 beginning at 11 pm and going until 1:30ish.

Other ML sponsored Write Ins:
Please check this thread for the latest updates on ML sponsored write ins and our regional calendar listed on our regional forum for all of the local write ins that we know of.

Want more online write ins?
Please fill out this survey to let us know your preferred times.

Need/want to be sorted?
Check out this thread for more information.

Want to graphically see how your word count compares with your fellow wrimos?
Post something on our NaNoLansing Friendly Competitive Word Count Graph- Faces

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An Owl Arrives

An Owl Arrives

You think you hear something fluttering behind you and turn to look, but nothing is there.  As you return to what you were doing, a tingling sensation runs down your arms and your breathing catches in your chest.  Once again, you turn around, then shake your head when still you see nothing. It’s just my creativity kicking in with all of my NaNo prep, you say to yourself.  But your quickening heart tells another story.

With a deep breath, you slowly move your body back to your desk, but let out a gasp.  A big snowy owl is fluttering just above your head!  And what’s that?  Could that be a letter?  As soon as the owl sees you’ve noticed the missive, it drops it on your desk and flies up to rest on your window sill.  Nervous and curious, you pick up the envelope and it opens itself to reveal this letter…

NaNo School of Wordcraft and Novelry
50,000 NaNo Way
Creativetown, USA

Dear Word Wizard,

We are pleased to announce that you have been accepted into the NaNo School of Wordcraft and Novelry.

The term starts on November 1st and your orientation to discuss information about your month long adventure will be October 30 from 2-5 pm at The Avenue Café.  (In muggle terms, the NaNoLansing Kick Off.  Click link for more information.)

We await your owl via the rsvp form no later than 10-28.

Sincerely,

Your Word Wizard Professors – aka MLs
Annette (Contemplative Cat)
Courtney (YuOfOwari22)

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Your first write in of the term will be online.

Ring In NaNo Wordcraft Write In.
Monday October 31 – 11 pm to Tuesday November 1 – 1 am.
NaNoLansing Chat Room.
If you are not already signed up, please follow the instructions in this thread.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Last Pre-NaNo Workshop and RSVP REMINDER! Yo yo!

Last Pre-NaNo Workshop and RSVP REMINDER! Yo yo!

Hello Everyone,

One week, one week, one week! Wheeee!

We’ve been busy bees working on all the last minute preparations for the Kick Off Celebration and coming Month of Magic!  Details about our activities for the month will finally be out this week, so keep an eye on your USA::Michigan::Lansing regional emails!  😉

Pre-NaNo Preparatory Workshops:

Thank you to all who came to our last workshop! We had another great turn out and I hope the information was of use to everyone. We’ve got one more coming up this week, so hopefully we’ll see faces new and familiar!

** Thursday 10-27-16 from 7-9:30 pm in the group room at Old Chicago – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos,
What is NaNoWriMo and Tips to Win
Whether you are brand new and going “NaNoWhatO?” or a seasoned veteran, please join us for an evening of sharing the best tips to prepare for a fun-filled winning month.

Lastly – and EXTREMELY IMPORTANT~~~!

Kick Off Celebration!
Our kick off celebration will be Sunday 10-30-16 from 2-5pm at the Avenue Cafe – 2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing.  This is going to be an extra special event where we will have food, games, a silent auction, and details about our enchanting month long activities!  Plus you will have an opportunity to begin your adventure during the event!  You won’t want to miss this!

We need an accurate count though and our goodies this year are quite time intensive to make, so please don’t wait to RSVP.  Do it now!  I’m serious, friends! Our goody bags will be truly awe-inspiring this year and the festivities grand enough to match!  😀

Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 28th in order to ensure you receive a goody bag. As impressive as they have been in the past, this year really takes the cake – so don’t miss out!

Also, let us know if you can bring any food at our Kick Off Thread. Thanks!

Excitedly yours,
Courtney aka YuOfOwari22
along with Annette aka Contemplative Cat
Your NaNoLansing Municipal Liaisons (ML) aka your event coordinators, purveyors of fun, answerers of questions and senders of periodic regional messages to keep you in the know.

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2 weeks till the Magic Begins!!! Workshops/Kick Off RSVP/General Information

2 weeks till the Magic Begins!!! Workshops/Kick Off RSVP/General Information

Hello Everyone,

Can you believe it’s only 2 weeks until the Magic that is NaNoWriMo begins?  It’s so exciting!

Your NaNoLansing MLs continue to be hard at work to help you prepare for our enchanting month.  We’ll be revealing the long awaited details next week so keep an eye on your USA::Michigan::Lansing regional emails.  😉

Pre-NaNo Preparatory Workshops:

Our first workshop last week was a great success with about 20 wrimos (that’s participants of NaNoWriMo, for those who don’t know) who came to learn one of the secrets that make the Harry Potter series so wildly successful.  Thank you everyone for coming!

More workshops!

** Tomorrow!   Wednesday 10-19-16 from 7-9:30 pm in the group room at Old Chicago – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos

How Characters Add Depth to Your Story
Come join us as we learn how characters are the backbone of any good story. In this workshop, we will explore ways to develop characters, to learn who your characters are, what is their purpose, and to use your characters to drive your story onward!

** Thursday 10-27-16 from 7-9:30 pm in the group room at Old Chicago – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos,

What is NaNoWriMo and Tips to Win
Whether you are brand new and going “NaNoWhatO?” or a seasoned veteran, please join us for an evening of sharing the best tips to prepare for a fun-filled winning month.

Kick Off Celebration!
Our kick off celebration will be Sunday 10-30-16 from 2-5pm at the Avenue Cafe.  This is going to be an extra special event where we will have food, games, a silent auction and details about our enchanting month long activities!  Plus you will have an opportunity to begin your adventure during the event!  You won’t want to miss this!

We need an accurate count though and our goodies this year are quite time intensive to make, so please don’t wait to RSVP.  Do it now!  Click the link right now and RSVP at this google doc before you forget.  😉

Also, let us know if you can bring any food at our Kick Off Thread. Thanks!

General Information
There can be a lot of new information and strange code words that we throw around.  If you are a newbie or just want a refresher or to see what’s new this year, please check out our Info – NaNo 101 A Primer of Definitions Thread.

Excitedly yours,
Annette aka Contemplative Cat
along with Courtney aka YuOfOwari22
Your NaNoLansing Municipal Liaisons (ML) aka your event coordinators, purveyors of fun, answerers of questions and senders of periodic regional messages to keep you in the loop.

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NaNo Prep Workshop Reminders, Kick Off Party RSVP, Introductions

NaNo Prep Workshop Reminders, Kick Off Party RSVP, Introductions

Workshop reminder
This Thursday – October 13, 2016 from 7-9:30 we will be having a workshop entitled What Harry Potter Can Teach Us About Plotting at the Old Chicago Group Room – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Come join us and learn one of the tools that J.K. Rowling used to make her novels so successful.

Kick Off!
Please RSVP for our 2016 NaNoLansing Kick Off which will be Sunday October 30 from 2-5 at the Avenue Cafe – 2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912.  We need to know how many goodie bags to make, so please rsvp by Thursday 10-27.

We’ll be having a potluck again and have started a post for you to let us know what you will be bringing.

Also, please bring along something to donate for the silent auction (and money) as we’ll be doing that again this year.  For more information, please visit our Kick Off thread.

More workshops:
Using Characters to Add Depth to Your StoryWednesday October19 from 7-9:30 at the Old Chicago Group Room – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Characters are the backbone of any good story. In this workshop, we will explore ways to develop characters, to learn who your characters are and what is their purpose, and to use your characters to drive your story onward!

What is NaNoWriMo and Tips to WinThursday October 27 from 7-9:30 at the Old Chicago Group Room – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Whether you are brand new and going “NaNoWhatO?” or a seasoned veteran, please join us for an evening of sharing the best tips to prepare for a fun-filled winning month.

Introductions:
Please take a moment to come introduce yourself in our introduction thread.  We’d love to get to know you!

Preppingly Yours,
Annette aka Contemplative Cat
along with Courtney aka YuOfOwari22
Your NaNoLansing Municipal Liaisons (ML) aka your event coordinators, purveyors of fun, answerers of questions and senders of periodic regional messages to keep you in the loop.

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