yes, yes, November

October 28, 2016

NaNoWriMo

It’s almost November, and if your calendar isn’t already bulging, please note:

  • National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) celebrates its 18th year of encouraging creativity, education, and the power of the imagination through the largest writing event in the world. This year, NaNoWriMo expects nearly 500,000 people to start a 50,000-word novel in the month of November, guided by this year’s theme: Your Novel, Your Universe. More than 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. Many poets use the project as a challenge to write a poem each day of the month. To find out more, sign up, get pep talks, participate in forums, and get inspired, visit the NaNoWriMo website.
  • Writer’s Digest will offer the 2016 November PAD (Poem A Day) Chapbook Challenge. Robert Lee Brewer, author of the Poetic Asides blog, will post a prompt each day. The idea is to write a poem in response to that prompt and then, at the end of the month, assemble and submit a chapbook of the best 20 or fewer of your poems. Find out all the details on the 2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines page.
  • November also brings the Cascadia Poetry Festival (Seattle, Nov 3-6) and Wordstock (Portland, Nov 5).
  • Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6, 2016, 2:00:00 AM, when clocks are turned backward 1 hour to 1:00:00 AM local standard time.
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get thee to Portland!

October 22, 2015

Wordstock

Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival is coming up. Re-launched as a one-day event, Wordstock will take place at the Portland Art Museum on Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:00am – 6:00pm. The all-ages event will feature more than 80 authors, 40 events, 17 workshops, a book fair with 60+ local and national publishing vendors and literary organizations, food carts, a beer garden, live music, and more.

Poets include: Mary Jo Bang, author of The Last Two Seconds; Katie Ford, author of Blood Lyrics; Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus; Rowan Ricardo Phillips, author of Heaven; Alicia Jo Rabins, author of Divinity School; Diane Seuss, author of Four-legged Girl; and Rebecca Wolff, author of One Morning.

Details on the Literary Arts website and on Facebook.

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