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NaNoWriMo: Come Write In at CLP!

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is coming up soon. Started in 1999, this idea is a proven fun challenge for writers of all levels of experience – taking one month to write a novel, or at least 50,000 words.

If you’re participating for the first or fifteenth time, CLP has resources and spaces for you to use! As part of NaNoWriMo’s Come Write In program, locations all over the city will be providing meeting spaces, snacks, coffee and encouragement. Skip the scramble for outlets at coffee bars and come to the library to connect with your fellow writers and find advice on world building, character development, plot mapping, revision and sustaining your motivation. Share your work with us on December 1st at the Main Library. And let the words flow.

More information about NaNoWriMo, including ways to earn badges and register your novel, is at

See below for a list of all locations and times for Come Write In sessions at CLP. Contact us with any questions.

Saturday, November 3rd
Downtown 10:30 am – 2 pm
Main 12 – 4 pm
Beechview 1 – 4 pm

Monday, November 5th
East Liberty 5-8 pm

Tuesday, November 6th
Homewood 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Wednesday, November 7th
Sheraden 5 – 7 pm

Saturday November 10th
Main 12 – 4 pm
Beechview 1 – 4 pm

Monday November 12th
East Liberty 5 -8 pm

Tuesday November 13th
Homewood 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Wednesday November 14th
Sheraden 5 – 7 pm

Saturday November 17th
Beechview 1 – 4 pm

Tuesday, November 20th
Homewood 5:30 – 7:30 pm
East Liberty 6 – 8 pm

Saturday, November 24th
Main 12-4 pm
Beechview 1- 4 pm

Tuesday, November 27th
Homewood 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Wednesday, November 28th
East Liberty 5-8 pm
Sheraden 5-7 pm

Saturday, December 1st
Main 12 – 4 pm – Share your work with the rest of the workshop!




Pittsburgh Writer’s Studio
Sundays 2 – 4 pm
Squirrel Hill
Join us each Sunday as we draw from creative exercises to free the muse and get to the stories we want to tell. Using various writing tools and discussion, we will embark on a journey to engage our creativity on the page. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry and memoir samples will be used as springboards to spark the imagination for our own writing. Each week we will bring into play themes from our lives that crisscross literature such as: choice, risk, change, relationships, work, spirituality and dreams. There will be time to share our writing and learn from each other.

West End Writing Group
Wednesdays 10-11:30 am
West End
“Get it on paper!” with the West End Library Writing Group! From 10:00 am to 11:30, Jeanne Zell, memoir writer and retired English teacher, will guide us in writing our stories — non-fiction, fiction and poetry. She offers tips, techniques, examples, exercises, poetry and prose and ordinary prompts, with plenty of encouragement. Registration is not required and you can attend any session. The group meets every Wednesday. If you can’t make one, don’t worry, just come next time! Bring your favorite pen and notebook.

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