English Department to host NaNoWriMo event

This November, the English Department, headed by Dr. Engel, Director of Composition at Defiance College, is participating in NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. The department is actively seeking students, staff, and faculty to join their group in this year’s novel writing month. To join, contact Dr. Engel at sengel@defiance.edu. More information can also be found at the English department’s website — https://englishwonder.wordpress.com/

Students can earn 50 Jacket Journal points for joining and participating in the event. “I’ve always wanted to give it a shot. This year seems like the perfect time to try something that requires a leap of faith,” Engel said. “It is also better to write when you have a community around you that can help support you and encourage you,” as stated on the Jacket Journal site. For more information on how to obtain the points, visit their site — https://defiance.presence.io/event/nanowrimo-national-novel-writing-month 

In addition to the Jacket points, “We have some swag for writers who join us.”, stated Dr. Engel.  

Writers commit to writing each day in November with 50,000 words as the end goal. That is roughly 1,667 words a day. Writers are given virtual badges for completed certain goals, and the NaNoWriMo website features helpful actives and educational materials on how to prepare, plan, and execute writing a novel. NaNoWriMo gives a chance for anyone to write a novel with the help and support of a non-profit organization that encourages creative writing.  According to the NaNoWriMo website, “We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.” For more information on NaNoWriMo, please visit their website. https://nanowrimo.org/ 

Written by AD Johnson

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