The International
Women's Writing Guild

Organize in October: Prep for NaNoWriMo

  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Digital Village


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Organize in October:
Prep for NaNoWriMo
A Free Workshop for
Fiction and Memoir Writers

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is coming up in November. Whether you're a pantser, a plotter or a combination, you'll want to take time in October to get yourself ready to devote major effort to a month of progress on your most important projects. It can be a great motivator to get that novel or memoir well on its way if you are just starting a project, but it can be even better if you already have a work in progress that you have been delaying completing. Maybe you have a few chapters that you can't quite get a handle on or you know that you have a good story but wonder if you need to become better skilled at scenes, dialogue, characterization - the critical pieces (in addition to plot) that make a book stand out. Making the commitment to writing each day can get you to the finish line faster than you could ever imagine. And, if you are someone who needs the support of others cheering you on along the way, then NaNoWriMo is a great opportunity to join hundreds of thousands of other creatives around the world and write, write, write!!

In this free evening workshop, I'll lay out how to prepare to participate for those of you who may be new to NaNoWriMo and I'll also tell you about how the IWWG will support you in November with three skills-centered workshops. With these workshops, you'll learn how to craft characters readers love, write great, believable dialogue and master show, not tell, in order to have your manuscript be all that you want it to be. Whether you participate in NaNoWriMo or not, the skills you'll build in our November workshops will be ones you'll carry into the future.  

Sign up for all three skills-based workshops at one low price available only during this free event. We want to help you be the best writers you can be, and are excited to welcome three renowned writing teachers to the IWWG faculty to do a deep dive into the areas you've said you most want to improve.

Bring a pumpkin latte and your questions. 

Cathleen O’Connor, PhD is a life-long New York resident, 30-year member of the Guild and former Technology CIO with an MBA in International Finance. She is on the faculty of the IWWG teaching creative writing, the power of the first chapter for fiction, and how to create a successful anthology. Her articles have been published in Canada’s ALIVE magazine and Australia’s THE SPHERE. She has been featured on ABC News in Green Bay, WI and quoted in the Huffington Post.

Cathleen has offered programs in writing to not-for-profit organizations in her community, including Support Connection, a Westchester County organization providing services to women with breast and ovarian cancer, and Wainwright House, a non-profit center dedicated to education and programs for transformational living. She served on the Board of the Barbara Giordano Foundation, a NY nonprofit offering services and support to women veterans for two years and was instrumental in the development of their governance policies.

Her books include, The Everything Law of Attraction Dream Dictionary (Adams Media, 2010), and The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory (Anchala Press, 2018). She is at work on her first novel.