October 8     6:30 – 8:00

On Wednesday, October 8, from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Madelyn Helling Library, Sierra Writers monthly meeting will feature National Novel Writing Month veterans Richard S. Crawford and Katrina Templeton. Their presentation, “So You Want to Write a Novel? In a Month!” will explain how to write 50,000 words in thirty days without quitting your day job or losing your mind by participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) According to their website, NaNoWriMo is “a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.”

Richard S. Crawford is a writer and web developer who lives in an appropriately ancient and drafty house in Sacramento, California. According to Tangent Online, “Crawford writes with a certain ease, showing a world where the strange is considered normal…” From horror to comedy, Richard S. Crawford sends ordinary people into extraordinary situations just to see what happens, and thinks you will be pleased with the results. Richard, who holds a degree in Philisophy from UC Davis, and isn’t afraid to use it, has been participating in National Novel Writing Month since 2001, and has won every year that he has participated. To learn more about Crawford, visit his website at underpope.com.

Since 2007, Katrina Templeton has been one of two National Novel Writing Month’s Municipal Liaisons for the Sacramento region. Her job involves keeping the message board curated, organizing get-togethers, kick-offs, and write-ins, and generally keeping the novelling torch in Sacramento lit. During the day she works as a Systems Analyst for Natoma Technologies, Inc.

With humor and encouragement, the presentation will explain the NaNoWriMo concept, including how writing 50, 000 words in thirty days is possible, and why on earth you would want to do it. The duo will also provide strategies for completing your book as well as resources to help you succeed.