So you’ve successfully locked out your inner editor for an entire month to focus entirely on the production of pure, forward, relentless output. Whether you come out of National Novel Writing Month with 50,000 words or fifty, whether your rough draft needs a complete makeover or minor tweaking, the time will come to figure out what kind of structure the plot, characters, and settings you’ve created need in order to reach their absolute full to the brim potential.
In most cases, unless you're William Faulkner, this is the hard part.
Luckily, there is no shortage of places to turn to for help.
Right here at the Central Library a group of aspiring writers meets once a month to share their work. While turning to family and friends for a critical read might result in some of the glorious praise you deserve, you'll benefit a lot more from a fresh set of critical eyes at our Creative Writing Club. Registration for the new season will begin December 17 and is limited to 40 participants.
Unfortunately, the library's 2012 Writer-in-Residence season with Brian Brennan has ended, but watch out for Mr. Brennan at this year's Writers' Weekend, the library's annual day dedicated to aspiring Calgary writers, featuring free presentations all day long from local experts. Details remain tba on Writers' Weekend 2013 - I shouldn't even be talking about it - but I will say that it's happening February 2 and registration will begin December 17.
Until the library's next Writer-in-Residence is announced, there are other residencies available:
Deborah Willis will be in residence at the University of Calgary until June 15, 2013, through the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program.
Lori Hahnel will begin a residency at the Alexandra Writers Centre Society in May 2013.
The Alexandra Writers Centre Society also offers a wide range of writing courses year round, as well as a Manuscript Review Service.
The list of resources available to Calgary writers seems to grow every day, and the more I search the more I find, so I certainly won't attempt to mention them all here now. But remember to take a break from the brain pounding work once in a while to enjoy the work of local authors making a difference in Calgary's literary scene, paving the way. I will do my best to pass along every exciting event I hear about, here at the Nook, and in the meantime please visit the upcoming events listing of two of Calgary's favorite literary venues:
Pages Books on Kensington.
Shelf Life Books.
In terms of events, we might see a bit of downtime around the holiday season, which makes it the perfect time to check out some of our favorite, most useful of books for writers that landed on library shelves in 2012...