The “Come Write In” Program


by Jacqueline Hatch

With National Novel Writing Month upon us, this is the perfect time to get up-to-date on all of the events taking place in your area. Whether you’re looking to write the next “Great American Novel”, host an event or work as a volunteer, the NaNoWriMo website is stocked with information on how to get involved.

“Come Write In” is one of the outreach programs associated with National Novel Writing Month, meant to connect libraries, bookstores and local spaces with NaNoWriMo participants. The goal of this program is to build writing communities and support both artists and local businesses.

You can visit the National Novel Writing Month website to sign up your business as a “Come Write In” location. Libraries, bookstores, coffee shops and universities have all been featured as “Come Write In” locations in past years. Participating businesses get posters, bookmarks and the chance to be connected with local volunteers to help manage events.

The NaNoWriMo website also has a Library Outreach Guide, a NaNo University Guide, as well as a blog filled with relevant information. Once the 2015 list of “Come Write In” locations has been finalized, you can visit this page to find a writing space near you.

If you are located in Washington D.C., you may want to participate in events at the DC Public Library, which is committed to supporting local writers, “from providing space and some friendly competition to fantastic incentives for registered participants who meet their word count goal.” Featured events include writing workshops, Twitter chats, movie showings and prize giveaways. Just for registering, you will receive:

  1. A DC Public Library Tote Bag
  2. A Special Edition DC Public Library bound journal printed on the Espresso Book Machine
  3. A DC Public Library Flash Drive
  4. Earbuds for listening to music while you write
  5. The Finish-It Toolkit: A punch card to the Digital Commons for:
    • A class in creating book cover art
    • A class in typesetting and preparing for publication
    • A printed copy of your book from the DC Library POD Book Machine!

Many libraries in the D.C. area will participate in NaNoWriMo events this year. In fact, twelve DC Public Library locations will serve as sites for local NaNoWriMo writers as part of the “Come Write In” program this year. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops or make use of the library computers available.

If you have any specific questions about events or locations and want to get in touch with someone involved with the “Come Write In” program, you can email If you cannot participate and still want to contribute to NaNoWriMo, you can also visit this donation page to help support the literary community.