NaNoWriMo Website
NaNoWriMo helps you track your progress, set milestones, connect with other writers in a vast community, and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel.
NaNo Prep 101
NaNo Prep 101 is put out by the National Novel Writing Month crew. The guide acts as a workshop and resource, giving advice on plotting, character development, time management, and more!

Come Write In during National Novel Writing Month 2019!

Patrons are invited and encouraged to use the Library for NaNoWriMo throughout the month of November. The Brenner Room is, in our opinion, the coziest and most writing-conducive space in the Library, but please write wherever the Muses dictate.

The Library will host a drop-in / no reservations required NaNoWriMo Kick-Off and Wrap Writing Quiet Areas in the Lower Level Meeting room on:

* Tuesday, 5 November (7:00PM-8:45PM)
* Monday, 25 November (6:00PM-8:45PM)

Patrons are welcome in the Alyce Brenner Room – or anywhere else in the Library – at any point during NaNoWriMo.

Come Write-In! We hope to see and support you during the struggles and successes of 2019’s National Novel Writing Month!

Published is a project of the Reaching Across Illinois Library Systems (RAILS). With, RAILS hopes to give local authors and creators an outlet to format and publish their books – and launched just in time for NaNoWriMo 2020!

With their suite of resources, hopes to support local authors with online creation and publishing tools that allow readers to access locally produced content. These resources are free to anyone in Illinois!

Resources include...

- Pressbooks: Helps convert manuscripts into eBook / print formats, provides professional design templates, and helps with distribution!
- Free options for sharing their eBooks through, like...
     * Indie Illinois, a state-wide collection of eBooks promoting local, Illinois authors
     * Indie Author Project Select a Library Journal reviewed collection of titles available across the country
     * Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project is an annual author content within Illinois!
- Biblioboard Library, where readers can find writers’ independently published content! 

Explore more at to see how the fruits of your NaNoWriMo 2020 can be turned into a published work! 



Are you excited to try your hand at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November 2019?

NaNoWriMo started in 1999 and has helped, encouraged, and inspired over 430,000 new and seasoned writers to dedicate themselves to the goal of writing 50,000 words in the month of November.

Your Library is excited to support you! This November 2019, the Highland Park Public Library is hosting NaNoWriMo Write Ins – we have meeting rooms reserved with table space (and snacks!), so you can come right in to write!

The top goal of the Highland Park Public Library Strategic Plan and new Library motto is to promote life-long learning and open the doors to the future. Fostering and encouraging the aspiring writers of our community not only meets those goals listed above, but it further cultivates a sense of Highland Park community overall, with the Library serving as its epicenter.

The idea behind NaNoWriMo is that every year in November both new and seasoned writers will dedicate themselves to the goal of writing 50,000 words in a single month. Writers register at and maintain a running tally of their progress among a community.

As this community of writers can be anyone, this means that it is more likely than not that our community is part of this community! According to NaNoWriMo’s 2018 Press Release, the organization anticipates “over 400,000 people—including over 95,000 K-12 students and educators” for 2019, which is the 20th anniversary of the program.

And speaking of community – NaNoWriMo often and readily acknowledges that it takes a network of people to support a single writer, let alone over 400,000 writers. NaNoWriMo has a Come Write In Program that connects libraries, bookstores, and other area community spaces who are willing and able to connect, encourage, and support their local participants. Many of our fellow area libraries (Northbrook, Wilmette, Algonquin Area, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, and Oak Park Public Libraries, to name a few) are already signed up as official Come Write In locations!