ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 26, 2016) —The Orange County Public Library is pleased to announce a month full of events to support local writers as they take up the challenge of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). All events will be held at the Main Library in downtown Hillsborough.

  • Sunday, Oct. 30, 2 - 3:30 p.m. The Five Facts of Fiction: a Writing Workshop. Steve Peha, local author and education consultant, will present and will help participants create an outline for their short story or novel.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6 - 7:30 p.m. NaNo Kick-Off. Writers will gather to start the month strong. Pizza and prizes provided.
  • Weekly write-ins, Days and times vary. All are invited to bring their notebooks and laptops and write. Refreshments and encouragement will be provided.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30, 5 - 7:30 p.m. The Final Write-in Event. We will celebrate anyone who worked towards or met their writing goal throughout the month.

Visit for a complete list of NaNoWriMo events on the calendar.

NaNoWriMo is a creative writing event held worldwide every November. For one month, writers across the globe try to produce 50,000 words in 30 days. The goal of the contest is not to produce perfect work, but rather to spark creativity and jump into a story without worrying about the voice of the inner critic that may keep someone from pursuing their great idea for a short story or novel.

“National Novel Writing Month is a great way for anyone to explore their creativity,” said Amy Kendrick, adult and teen program coordinator. "Whether you’re a published author, or just beginning, NaNoWriMo gives you the freedom to have fun experimenting with writing.”

The Orange County Public Library has four locations: The Main Library at 137 W. Margaret Lane, downtown Hillsborough; the Carrboro Branch at McDougle Middle School, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Chapel Hill; the Cybrary at The Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro; and, the Library Station at the Cedar Grove Community Center, 5800 N. Highway 86, Hillsborough. Free parking is available at all locations. For hours of operation and complete service and program information, please visit