Sunday, January 3, 2016

Anticipated Writing Events of 2016


Happy New Year! I'm sorry for skipping a post last Saturday. I was just busy celebrating my birthday.

It is so nice to begin another year. There is a fresh feeling about it. Everything that went bad in the previous year is now in the past, and this is our chance to create a new story and move ahead. This will also be another chance for the world of writing and publishing to develop even more and be better than ever.

These are some of the writing events this year.

Now What? Months
This takes place from January to February. This is the event that follows the NaNoWriMo of the previous year and the one when novelists form groups and workshops to help each other on the editing, additional research and publication of their novels. The novelists who didn't finish their novels in the previous year also join this event to stay motivated in continuing to write.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 April
This is the first Camp NaNoWriMo of the year. It is a summer version of NaNoWriMo. The difference between Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo is the freedom of setting word counts and choosing genres. Camp NaNoWriMo also has private forums. Revisions can be done in this summer version, and some novelists choose as low as 10,000 words to be written in one month (unlike in NaNoWriMo, where everyone has to write 50,000 words in one month).

NaPoWriMo 2016
For people who have inner poets singing in them, this is the place to meet during April. The goal of the event is to write a poem each day within the month of April. The NaPoWriMo blog publishes poetry prompts each day of April to help poets who need some inspiration and guidance. It is optional to share one's poems in the comments section to add readers, win new friends, and also get to know the works of fellow creative people.

Clarion Write-a-Thon 2016
This is an annual event where writers make writing goals that they try to achieve within two months in exchange for the help of sponsors. This is done to raise funds for the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop in the University of California, San Diego. It starts on June 21 and ends in August 1. Writers will have to spend those two months accomplishing their goals and writing letters to sponsors (or finding awesome ways to get people to pledge donations).

Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 July
The second Camp NaNoWriMo of the year. It's exactly like the first Camp NaNoWriMo of the year, unless the NaNo team will come up with something new like they always do.

NaNoWriMo 2016
The main event of each year to a select population of writers. November is the month of creativity and frantic typing and writing wherever inspiration finds them. To a beginner, the best part of it is the Winner Certificate that's given by the end of the month. To an old-timer, the best part of it is the bunch of prizes. Whatever reason novelists have for joining NaNoWriMo, this month is always exciting and fun each year.

There are several other wonderful writing events this year. Just search for them on Google, or join writing communities on Facebook and Twitter.

There are also writing websites like Writing the City, where there are a wide variety of events and contests every month. Stories never end in places like Wattpad, Poetry.com, and more. So be sure to visit every now and then for a good read and lots of updates on upcoming works! And again, Happy New Year!

(photo credit: me)
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