November is the best month for writers! Check out some of your choices:
NaNoWriMo is a national Internet-based writing project held every November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word fiction manuscript from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30. Using online tools, writers can track progress, get support, and meet other writers. Sign up and get details online.
Susan Lindsey, Savvy Comm owner, will teach a three-hour workshop, “Polish Your Prose: Techniques & Tips to Improve Your Writing,” Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Center, 251 W. Second St., Lexington. Learn from a professional editor how to apply tips and techniques to improve your writing: classic writing advice, in-class exercises, and tips to address “evil twins,” redundancies, and passive voice. $35. Register online.
The Writer’s Block Festival will be held Nov. 10 at Spalding University in Louisville. Featured guest writers will teach workshops, read from their work, and serve on panels. Poet Maggie Smith is the keynote speaker. Other featured writers include novelist Brian Leung, playwright Margo Buchanan, and poets Lisa Factora-Borchers, Nate Marshall, and Ching-In Chen. The festival also offers agent and editor pitch sessions. See details online.
The annual Kentucky Book Fair has expanded into a week-long Kentucky Book Festival, Nov. 12–17. Events include a poetry and prose reading, a literary luncheon with Silas House, YA panel, “Books, Bites & Bourbon” event, Cocktails & Conversation, Books & Brews Trivia, and a Commercial Lexington Spotlight Breakfast. The Kentucky Book Fair, on Saturday, Nov. 17, features renown national and Kentucky authors, including Wendell Berry, Rita Mae Brown, Silas House, and Kim Michele Richardson. See details online.