April is quite a busy month for writers. Here’s what’s going on.
Camp Nanowrimo (All of April)
Every November, thousands of writers commit to writing 50,000 word in thirty short days for Nanowrimo, or National Novel Writing Month. For those writers (like me) who think one month a year isn’t enough, there’s camp Nanowrimo, which occurs every April and July. Camp Nanowrimo is a little more relaxed. You can set your own word count, so people who think that 50,000 is too much can set a more reasonable goal.
To enter, first set up a regular Nanowrimo account here: http://nanowrimo.org. Once that’s done go to Camp Nanowrimo here: http://campnanowrimo.org and sign in. Under “Camper Profile,” hit “My novel.” Create a new novel for yourself, by entering the title, word count goal, genre, excerpt, and picture (optional). Then when April comes, get to writing. Enter your word count each day and watch your own personal graph go up and up. Pep talks appear in your mail to encourage you on.
Napowrimo (All of April)
For the all the poets out there, Napowrimo, or National Poetry Writing Month, takes place in April and is a good way to get the creative juices flowing. The goal is to write one poem each day for the month of April and this website: http://www.napowrimo.net helpfully gives you a prompt. Those of you with a blog can also link your site. Each day, a new website and poem is featured. Who knows? It might be yours.
Writer’s Meeting at Brea Library (Saturday, April 4)
The Brea Library Writer’s Group will be meeting at the library at their usual time of 1:30 to 3:00, where we will have our writer’s corner and go over our critiques. Since Kaleo’s been on vacation, Ned will be running the meeting. Those of you with critiques, please send them to Ned ASAP, so he can send them to the group and everyone can have the stories read and corrected by the time the meeting starts.
Literary Orange (Saturday, April 11th)
A celebration of books and authors, Literary Orange invites you to meet your favorite authors and hear their advice for reading and writing. Keynote speakers include Anne Perry and Emily St. John Mandel. Tickets are $60 and registration closes April 6th, so sign up now. Included in the ticket price is lunch and dessert. The event takes place all day at the Irvine Marriott. Parking $8.
For more information, go here: http://www.literaryorange.org
(If you’re curious about what it’s like, you can scan through my tediously long blog of last year’s event here: http://rebeccalangfantasy.blogspot.com/search/label/literary%20orange)
Writer’s Forum at I Kneed Love (Saturday, April 18th)
The Brea Library Writer’s Group will have their monthly Writer’s Forum at I Kneed Love Bakery off Imperial Highway (near the 99 Cents Store) at their usual time of 1:30-3:00. In this casual setting, we discuss ideas, bring in pieces of writing, swap news, and just hang out. Come for fun, friends, ands awesome baked goodies!
LA Times Festival of Books (Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th)
A free festival at USC from 10:00-6:00 on Saturday and 10:00-5:00 on Sunday. Books booths, author signing, entertainment, and panels. The event is free but parking at USC is $10. Some events require tickets, which are given free at the festival, but cost $1 if you wish to reserve them in advance.
For general information, see here: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/
For a schedule of events, see here: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/tickets-and-schedule/schedule/