Columbia is filled with writers, and in November, Skylark Bookshop wants to celebrate their adventures. We think being surrounded by books is a great inspiration for those putting words on paper, as well as those who have completed the journey and have a bound creation to share with the world.
There are two different ways you can participate.
Firstly, November is National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short. Individuals all over the world participate in this event designed to free the writer from the confines of their inner editor. Participants sign up with an expressed goal of writing 50,000 words during the month. In 2017, nearly half a million people sat down to get their thoughts on paper. After losing count of writers we know, we decided a significant portion of them live in Columbia.
In support of the absurdly wonderful NaNoWriMo adventure, Skylark Bookshop is hosting weekly write-in events all month long. Every Friday in November, NaNoWriMo participants are welcome to come to the shop from 7-8pm for a collective write-in. Bring your notebooks, laptops, and coffee. We will provide chairs, ambiance, and deprive you of the distractions of wifi.
Secondly, for our local authors and poets with published titles, we welcome you to sign up for our first quarterly Local Authors Night. Interested authors should send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. Five authors will be chosen to participate on Wednesday, November 28 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Each writer will have ten minutes to read and share a bit about their work. There will be a good old fashioned Q&A period followed by book signings.