Simcoe National Novel Writing Month

Simcoe National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

The Library is the perfect space for authors and aspiring writers writing their National Novel Writing Month novel in November.

Join Simcoe County libraries as they celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and support writers on their journey to write a novel in one month with space to write, access to wifi, computers, resources and virtual socials/write-ins and events. Participating Libraries include; Barrie, Essa, Innisfil, New Tecumseth, Tay, and Clearview.

Learn about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

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Resources for Writers - Get Inspired & Learn

Check out the resources in the drop-down menus below for helpful links to our Program Portal and Digital Library resources that can help boost your skills, find reading recommendations, local writing groups, and more. 

All Things Writing: Features videos on self-publishing, editing and interviews with local authors with tips for writers.

Resources for Writers - Discover & Borrow


myBPL Searches

Search for titles to help you with your creative process using the keyword ‘write a book’ or by subject ‘self-publishing’ or for writing or editing help ‘Fiction — Technique’ in myBPL, or check out our staff-curated list of books about Writing & Self Publishing and Journaling.  

Need help? Learn how to do basic searching in our Digital Library Academy tutorial. 

Next 5 

Writer’s block? Let us help you find resources to help your research or writing process. 

Complete our Next5 form and we will select 5 personalized titles for you and email you the list. 

Resources for Writers - Digital Library Resources

Take your writing to the next level with free online classes: 

Universal class has a lot of writing courses.... 55 of them, including mystery, poetry, short story and novel writing! 

Creativebug offers award-winning art video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists that can help you with: 

  • developing your creative thinking and writing 
  • creative journaling 
  • creating a journal for your writing 
  • beginning calligraphy 
  • brush lettering 
  • creative lettering, and more! 

LinkedIn Learning enables you to develop your writing skills online, on your time. Courses are taught by industry experts on editing and proofreading, writing a bestselling novel, the craft of story, foundations of fiction and more. 

Brainfuse HelpNow is the place to get live online study help from a professional tutor (disponible en français). Receive live help with English and French language learning, as well as advice and suggestions on writing style to improve your creative writing, fiction, poetry, assignments, or papers. Make use of the comments section when submitting your writing! This service helps you improve through learning and does not include direct edits or revisions.

Resources for Writers - Writers in our Community

Discover a local literary journal to read or publish in, and find writing support groups in your area to gain support, resources, professional development, and networking opportunities. 

Community Writing Group - Are you a writer, or interested in writing? Meet up with a small gathering of locals who want to meet others with similar interests. All abilities welcome. Use this time to write, discuss your ideas, share writing tips, and make connections! Meets the first Sunday of the month and third Tuesday of the month. Find details on the Library Events Calendar.

Search for local Barrie and area community groups using the keyword ‘writing instruction’ in the Community Information Directory.