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NaNoWriMo Schedule 2013

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd   Getting Started and Tech Tools : Oakton Des Plaines campus 11:30 - 1:00

Monday, Oct. 28th  Write a Novel? Who? Me?  Oakton Des Plaines campus 2:00-3:00

Tuesday, Oct. 29th  Write a Novel? Who? Me? Oakton Skokie campus computer lab P233 1:00-2:00

Tuesday, Oct. 29th  Getting Started and Tech Tools:  Des Plaines Public Library 6:00-9:00

Friday, Nov. 1st   NaNoWriMo Kick Off and Write In:   Oakton Des Plaines campus 11:30 - 1:00

Tuesday, Nov. 5th  Come Write In:   Des Plaines Public Library 6:00 - 9:00

 Wednesday, Nov 6th   Come Write In:  Oakton Des Plaines campus 3:15 - 4:30 

Tuesday, Nov. 12th  Come Write In:  Des Plaines Public Library 6:00 - 9:00

Thursday, Nov 14th   Come Write InOakton Des Plaines campus 11:30 - 12:30  

 Tuesday, November 19th  Come Write InDes Plaines Public Library 6:00 - 9:00

 Wednesday, November 20th  Come Write InOakton Des Plaines campus 1:30 - 2:30 

 Tuesday, November 26th   Come Write In:  Des Plaines Public Library 6:00 - 9:00

 Tuesday, December 3rd   NaNoWriMo Wrap UpOakton Des Plaines campus 11:30 - 12:30

 Wednesday, December 4th   Beautiful Minds:  Students, Faculty & Staff  read their works: Oakton Des Plaines Performing Arts Center 11:00 - 12:30


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Novels that are about 50,000 words

  • The Great Gatsby
  • Brave New World
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • True Grit
  • Of Mice and Men
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks



Attention students, staff, faculty, members of the Oakton community, and, well, just about anyone who wants to stay up late and get up early or maybe not sleep at all for thirty days!  It's that time of year again!  National Novel Writing Month is almost here!

About National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

In 2012, 341,375  participants signed-up and 70,592 crossed the finish line!  The number of words officially logged during the 2012 event topped three billion: 3,074,068,446!


About This Research Guide

This guide is designed to help you find resources and inspiration as you write your novel.  Need a little help with grammar or plot ideas?  We've got it!  Need to take a break with Shakespeare or James Patterson?  We've got a book for you!  Need a little encouragement!  We've got that, too!  Need a schedule of workshops and write-ins?  Just click on the cheery purple tabs! 


Warm Up Workshops at OCC and Des Plaines Public Library!

This year, OCC Libraries are partnering with Des Plaines Public Library for               


              Come for an introduction to all things NaNoWrimo at either place:

                                       Getting Started and Tech Tools

 Wednesday October 23  11:30 am- 1:00 pm   OCC DP  Library classroom 2416

              Tuesday October 29    6pm - 9 pm  Des Plaines Public Library



History of National Novel Writing Month




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847-635-1644 (Des Plaines Campus)
847-635-1474 (RHC Skokie Campus)
Circulation & Interlibrary Loan:
847-635-1642 (DP)
847-635-1432 (RHC)
Des Plaines Campus
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Skokie Campus
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Skokie, IL 60077

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