Library to Host Activities Celebrating National Novel Writing Month

The Joliet Junior College Library will once again host activities to celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which takes place during November. 

Participants in NaNoWriMo are tasked with writing a 50,000-word novel starting on Nov. 1 and finishing by Nov. 30. Those wishing to participate must register and log word counts on NaNoWriMo’s website. You do not have to be registered with NaNoWriMo to participate in the JJC Library’s events. 

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The Library is hosting a viewing and discussion of the movie “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” on Friday, Nov. 15. The award-winning movie, starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, gives a glimpse of the struggles many writers face. The viewing and discussion are from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the JJC Library at Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road. There will be door prizes and refreshments for all attendees.

JJC associate professor and librarian, Michelle Y. Roubal, helped to organize the November events. She believes that NaNoWriMo fosters growth and builds relationships between participants.

“Encouraging writing, discussion, networking and community building are all part of the equation, but so is fun and dedication. This is not an easy task, and creating bonds and providing support to our writing community are important aspects of our involvement and that of the thousands of participants worldwide,” said Roubal. 

Other events include multiple Come Write In sessions, which provide writers access to a quiet work environment with computers. For those that like to work collaboratively and network with other writers, there will be seating in a gathering area.

Come Write In Sessions
•    Wednesday, Nov. 6: 7-10 p.m. 
•    Wednesday, Nov. 13: 7-10 p.m.
•    Wednesday, Nov. 20: 6-10 p.m. *From 6-7 p.m. there will be writing prompt games

Warm beverages, snacks and door prizes will be available for free at all JJC Come Write In sessions. Attendees are asked to provide their own covered mug or tumbler. 

The Library will also host Simply Self-Publish, part of its semesterly Success Boosters, on Monday, Nov. 25 from 6-7 p.m.

If you’re thinking about self-publishing your novel, this event will teach you about the platforms and resources available. Unpublished authors will also learn about contest opportunities in Illinois. Refreshments and door prizes are available for all attendees.

For more information about JJC’s participation in NaNoWriMo, contact the Library by phone at 815-280-2344 or by email at

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