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CHARLOTTE—November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and attendees of the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference will have the chance to kick-off this splendid event in style.

Author and NCWN trustee Michele T. Berger will host a NaNoWriMo launch party, "NaNoWriMo: Support, Sharing, and Tips," on Friday, November 2, following the booksigning and reception for keynote speaker Randall Kenan, in the Hilton Charlotte University Place (room TBD).

Conference registration is open through October 26.

Anyone planning to take part in NaNoWriMo, or anyone even mildly curious, is invited to meet for a casual, informal gathering. Some light refreshments will be provided, but participants should also feel free to BYO!

National Novel Writing Month asks writers to commit to writing 50,000 words during the thirty days of November. A 501(c)(3) non-profit that has become an international phenomenon, NaNoWriMo values "enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline...for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel."

The NaNoWriMo website allows users to create accounts where they can plan their novel, receive online encouragement, and be part of a worldwide community of writers all trying to crank out 50K words in a month.

For more information about NaNoWriMo, click here.

Michele T. Berger is a professor, writer, creativity expert, and pug-lover. Her main love is writing speculative fiction, though she also is known to write poetry and creative nonfiction, too. Her fiction has appeared in UnCommon Origins: A Collection of Gods, Monsters, Nature and Science by Fighting Monkey Press; You Don’t Say: Stories in the Second Person by Ink Monkey Press; Flying South: A Literary Journal; 100wordstory; Thing Magazine; and The Red Clay Review. Her nonfiction and poetry have appeared in The Chapel Hill News, Glint Literary Journal, Oracle: Fine Arts Review, Trivia: Voices of Feminism, The Feminist Wire, Ms. Magazine, Carolina Woman Magazine, Western North Carolina Woman, A Letter to My Mom (Crown Press), Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler (Twelfth Planet Press) and various zines. Her sci-fi novella “Reenu-You” was recently published by Book Smugglers Press.

At the NCWN 2018 Fall Conference, Michele also will lead the session "Shut Up and Write," sponsored by

This session will ask registrants to do exactly that: Shut up, and write. Think of it as study hall, except you’re writing instead of reading (or passing notes—none of that, now). Registrants for this option will get ninety minutes of glorious, uninterrupted silence in which to dream, plan, create, or edit.

Pre-register for the NCWN 2018 Fall Conference at

The exact breakout room location of "NaNoWriMo: Support, Sharing, and Tips" will be announced during the conference, and on the Fall Conference "app,"


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