(Copenhagen, Denmark) October 31, 2014 – While the veil is thin between the physical and spiritual realms, there will be many children out trick-or-treating tonight. Much candy will be given, apples eaten adn a very few tricks played, but there is something else afoot in the darkness of the ngiht……clickety-clack-tippity-tap-tap-tap-tap. They are the sounds of fighting….
International Noveling in Denmark
That is the sound of the many fingers on keyboards across Denmark that will begin at midnight when people living in Denmark begin writing their novel. They are fighting a 30 days deadline to write 50,000 words of the world’s next great novel.
November 1 at midnight is the start of NaNoWriMo 2014 — the time of year when people gather hunched over their typewriters and keyboards to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
Do you think you have what it takes to write The Great Danish Novel? Or The Great Polish Novel? Or The Great French Novel? Maybe you simply enjoy creative writing? Maybe you live in Copenhagen and are an open-minded person who would like to expand your network of friends to include some people from another nationality and country? Maybe you simply want an excuse to eat too much chocolate and drink too much coffee?
If any of those thing apply, go to the NaNoWriMo website, sign up under the Denmark Region and start writing! Join us at write-ins in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Fredericia, Odense, Aarhus and Aalborg. There is a calendar there of the various write-ins and plenty of people to meet, Danish and international, who live n Denmark and are writing.
It is one AWESOME and “novel” way of creating positive intercultural relations between Danes and internationals who live in Denmark. Because you write in any langiage you like and because participants have a common interest, it works!
In Denmark, NaNoWriMo has been operating as Kbh Skriver since 2014 and Aarhus Skriver since 2012 through the efforts of Humanity Institute and Copenhagen Cultural Network under the leadership of Denmark Municipal Liasion (ML) Barrett Clemmensen Powell — that’s me!
Plans have been implemented through Humanity Institute and Copenhagen Cultural Network to integrate NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) into the library systems in Denmark. The Aarhus and Fredericia library systems have embraced it in a big way!
NaNoWriMo Denmark gives you great noveling opportruities:
- you have an opportunity to begin to make some international friendships over a common interest
- you will get great tips will learn about plot bunnies, plot ninjas, write-ins and how to pimp your plot
- you will get guidance for thriving and surviving the 30 days,
Burn That Midnight Oil
Tonight, at exactly midnight on November 1, 2014, armed only with their wits, the vague outline of a story, and a ridiculous deadline, more than 250,000 people around the world — including nearly 2,000 people in Denmark (that we know of) will set out to become novelists.
How It Works
NaNo What? Why? November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, the world’s largest writing challenge and nonprofit literary crusade. Participants worldwide pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30. There are no judges, no prizes, and entries are deleted from the server before anyone even reads them.
So what’s the point? “The 50,000-word challenge has a wonderful way of opening up your imagination and unleashing creativity,” says NaNoWriMo Founder and former Executive Director (and 12-time NaNoWriMo winner) Chris Baty.
“Who are we? We are Danes and expatriates living and working in Denmark who are creative writers. We write all genres, speak English and Danish at minimum, and gather enthusiastically in the land of Hans Christian Andersen for write-ins (with a lot of tea, coffee and cakes) in November of each year” says Barrett Clemmensen Powell, NaNoWriMo’s Denmark Municipal Liaison.
More than 650 regional volunteers in more than 60 countries will hold write-ins, hosting writers in coffee shops, bookstores, and libraries. Write-ins offer a supportive environment and surprisingly effective peer pressure, turning the usually solitary act of writing into a community experience for Danes and internationals living in Denmark. That sense of community even extends beyond the page—so much so that several dozen marriages and at least six babies have resulted from NaNoWriMo over the years.
Aarhus Public Libraries Joins NaNoWriMo
In 2012, Aarhus Public Libraries signed up as an official NaNoWriMo Library. The Risskov Library is one of Aarhus’ most used libraries. The Aarhus Hovedbibliotek will host write-ins this year on Thursdays from 12-14.
Many from the Aarhus area participate and we have even had two Aarhus high school students who traveled to Copenhagen for the Kickoff Party before and the TGIO Party (Thank God It’s Over) afterwards, to be with other WriMoes. This year, for the first time, Aarhusians will have a Kickoff Party, courtesy of Risskov Library. NaNoWriMo’s Denmark ML, Barrett Clemmensen Powell (that’s me!), travels to Aarhus to host the Kickoff event party to talk about the contest and answer questions and teach you how to pimp your plot!
This year, 2014, Aarhus kicked off with a celebration at Godsbanen and Copenhagen did the same at Paludan Bog Café.
Although the event emphasizes creativity and adventure over creating a literary masterpiece, more than 90 novels begun during NaNoWriMo have since been published, including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (which is also a film), and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, both #1 New York Times Best Sellers.
For more information on National Novel Writing Month, or to speak to NaNoWriMo participants in your area, visit www.nanowrimo.org or contact Barrett Clemmensen Powell, the Denmark Municipal Liasion at barrett(at)humanityinstitute.com
The Office of Letters and Light is a California (USA)-based international non-profit organization. Its programs are the largest literary events in the world. Learn more at www.lettersandlight.org
To all the novelists in Denmark….