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 8 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, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Essa, Innisfil, Midland, New Tecumseth, Ramara, and Wasaga Beach.

Learn about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). 

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Visit our Events Calendar to find details about all BPL and local partner library programs, including access to our Program Portal, and registration and links to live Zoom programs.

October 25 10:00 am NaNoWriMo 101
October 27 3:30 pm What is NaNoWriMo? Lessons Learned as a Writer*
October 28 8:00 pm What is NaNoWriMo? Lessons Learned as a Writer*
November 1
3:00 pm Simcoe NaNoWriMo Write In*
November 9 7:00 pm Simcoe NaNoWriMo Write In*
November 10 7:00 pm Simcoe NaNoWriMo Write In*
November 14 7:30 pm Simcoe NaNoWriMo Write In*
November 16 4:00 pm Simcoe NaNoWriMo Write In*
November 17 7:00 pm NaNoWriMo: Self-Publishing with Tracy L. Ward*
November 18 6:30 pm Local Authors Showcase Panel*
November 20 2:00 pm Simcoe NaNoWriMo Write In*
November 21 1:00 pm Art of Memoir: Getting Started With Your Story - Anne Bokma*
November 25 11:00 am Writing Characters Readers Won't Forget with J.L. Witterick*
November 25 2:00 pm Simcoe NaNoWriMo Write In*
November 30 2:00 pm Failing (and Succeeding!) with NaNoWriMo*
December 1 7:00 pm Editing Your Novel*

* Registration Required

Participate in the Simcoe NaNowrimo Bingo* by by printing the card and completing 5 activities in a row for a chance to win a BPL prize pack, return to the Barrie Library by December 1st for an entry into our gift basket draw on December 8th. *Other Simcoe Libraries, check with your local library first to see if they are holding a draw.

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 gather 5 personalized suggestions for you. We can either send you a list of titles by email OR put aside recommendations for you to pick up in person. 

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. 

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