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CSU-Pueblo hosts National November Novel Writing Month contest

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Colorado State University-Pueblo is hosting two write-in events for National November Novel Writing Month. The event, known as NaNoWriMo, is a non-profit contest that challenges aspiring and professional novelists to complete a fictional work of prose with a word count of 50,000 or more.

NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization, dedicated to helping writers foster their creativity and meet the required word count by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30. In addition to the event, NaNoWriMo also holds a virtual writing retreat, a children’s writing workshop, fundraisers and more.

Potential writers are given access to tools and advice via the official event website. Students interested in participating in NaNoWriMo should sign up for an account at website offers help, advice, a place to write and inspirational forums.

Several libraries and academic institutions across the country participate in NaNoWriMo write in events. At CSU-Pueblo, two such events are being held this year.

The first event took place Nov. 8 in LARC 108. The second event is scheduled for Nov. 14 in LARC 201 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event, which is open to all students, provides participants with an opportunity to write as many words for a novel as possible. LARC staff will be on hand to offer assistance, and students are encouraged to use NaNoWriMo online resources.

Since it started in 1999, NaNoWriMo has yielded some popular novels. Trivia and Miscellaneous publication, Mental Floss Magazine, recently released a list of contest winners. The selection of published works that are available for purchase, can be found at

The 2016 All Pueblo Reads event featured NaNoWriMo winner “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen. A movie based on the book was released in 2011.

The contest, which is free of charge, incorporates all genres. More information on the event can be found at

For further information about the CSU-Pueblo write-ins, contact Betsy Dekens at 719-549-2826.


Edtied by: Theresa Wolf