Writing News

It’s NaNoWriMo Time: How To, Tips, Techniques, and Survival Advice

NaNoWriMo Flyer.November 1, 2015, at midnight is the start of NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month.

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words (and complete a novel) in 30 days.

Sound impossible? The numbers divide down to 1,666 words a day, typically 60-90 minutes of writing.

To participate, you may do so actively or passively. This can be a solo experience or a highly social one. You can connect online and/or connect in person through the many local activities, events, and write-ins where people gather in a social space to write and get to know each other.

Here is how it works.

  1. Before November 1, sign up on the NaNoWriMo site. There is no fee. It’s free. By registering, you will get email notifications and notes to cheer you on throughout the month, and be able to track your word count daily.
  2. At midnight, October 31, you start writing.
  3. Each day, you report the number of words you’ve written. If you are using Scrivener, it’s easy to update this information daily. I’ve included tips on how to track your writing below.
  4. If you wish, participate in the regional forums such as the one for Washington County, Oregon, and consider attending some of the many local events throughout the month. NOTE: There are also prep events online and locally worth attending.

That’s it.

NaNoWriMo typically features over 310,000 participants on six continents. Many educators work with their students to participate during November as well as throughout the year. (more…)


Rain Magazine Event

Writing and artistic contributions from throughout Western Oregon and Washington are compiled by Clatsop Community College each year. These submissions are put into magazine/review form, and the College invites the authors in for an event to debut the magazine. The audience gets to hear the authors as they read their articles.

This is the information from the Rain Magazine event coordinator;

Clatsop Community College invites the community to celebrate the release of the 2015 edition of Rain Magazine at a free public reading and reception,Friday, May 29 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in the Towler Hall 3rd floor Commons, 1660 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. Gather at 5:30pm for an author meet-and-greet and reading signup before the program begins.
Many contributors will be on hand to read excerpts from their works, and original artwork from the magazine will be on display. Light refreshments will be served, and copies of this limited edition Clatsop Community College publication will be available to the public.
This year’s Rain Magazine includes new writing from Robert Michael Pyle, Alex Autio, Tricia Gates Brown, Nancy Cook, Wayne Downing, Tim Hurd, Lucien Swerdloff, Florence Sage, Jan Bono, Jim Dott, Reba Owen, John Ciminello, Richard Mack, and more. Artwork by Terry Shumaker, Vicki Baker, Stirling Gorsuch, Kerri Zell, Laurel Fleet, and many others is included. This year’s cover features an oil painting by Astoria artist Darren Orange.
Event contact: Alison Ruch, aruch@clatsopcc.edu