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This Week’s Write-Ins and Events: November 25-December 1

Come check out this week’s write-ins and events to boost that word count, finish your bead collection, and celebrate with your fellow Wrimos during the final week of NaNoWriMo!

Click on a day to see what write-ins are happening: MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25

ML Castrom hosts a write-in at Blenz Coffee in Vancouver (508 W Hastings Street) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Wrimo Allison hosts a write-in at Honolulu Coffee in Vancouver (888 Nelson Street) from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.

Come Write In at the North Vancouver District Public Library Capilano Branch (3045 Highland Boulevard) from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Wrimo Andrew hosts a write-in in the dining area of Whole Foods Market in Vancouver (510 W 8th Avenue) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

ML DSL hosts Come Write In at the Burnaby Public Library Tommy Douglas Branch (7311 Kingsway) from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m.

Come Write In at Port Moody Library (100 Newport Drive) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28

ML Bydaylight hosts a write-in at Waves Coffee House in New Westminster (715 Columbia Street) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Come Write In at the Maple Ridge Public Library (130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Road) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Wrimo Cecilia hosts a write-in at Aperture Coffee Bar in Vancouver (4124 Main Street) from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

ML CreativeCheryl hosts a write-in in the Food Court of Coquitlam Centre (2929 Barnet Highway) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

ML Swatibee hosts a Virtual Write-In on the IRC from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Info on how to access the IRC can be found on the Chatroom post.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Come Write In at the North Vancouver District Public Library Capilano Branch (3045 Highland Boulevard) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

MLs Castrom and Swatibee host the Last Minute Write-In at Railtown Café (429 Granville Street) in Vancouver from 12 to 3 p.m.

Our fifth and final Special Saturday event will be the popular Last Ditch Write-In! ML Castrom hosts the extra-long write-in near Brentwood Mall in Burnaby from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., giving Wrimos lots of time to snag that 50K win. Pyjamas and onesies are welcome, so you can be at your comfiest while finishing the final pages of your novel. Check the Facebook event for more details and to RSVP.

ML Swatibee hosts a Virtual Last Ditch Write-In on the IRC from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Info on how to access the IRC can be found on the Chatroom post.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

The MLs host the Thank Goodness It’s Over (TGIO) Party at Boston Pizza in Columbia Square (1045 Columbia Street) in New Westminster from 12 to 4 p.m. Come join your fellow Wrimos for great food, amazing raffle prizes, and an epic celebration.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

That’s a wrap! See you all next year!

We’re almost at the finish line!

Did you see that? That was November flying by in a blur as we rapidly approach the end of NaNoWriMo!

It’s been a really busy month with VancoWrimo. We’ve had write-ins and events all across the Lower Mainland, so many words have been written in our region, and lots of local Wrimos are hitting the 50,000-word win! If you’re not there yet, we’ve still got one final week to hit that amazing goal.

WRITE-INS

Our usual weekly write-ins are all happening during this last week.

We have Come Write Ins at local libraries in Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Port Moody, and North Vancouver.

There are coffee shop and dining write-ins in Coquitlam, New Westminster, and Vancouver.

If there isn’t a write-in in your area, feel free to host one. You can post your write-in ideas on the VancoWrimo Facebook page or on the Vancouver region page on the NaNoWriMo website.

EVENTS

This weekend has lots of events happening!

On Saturday, November 30, MLs Castrom and Swaitbee host the Last Minute Write-In at Railtown Café (429 Granville Street, Vancouver), an opportunity for Wrimos to get those last-minute words in before the end of November.

In the evening, ML Castrom hosts the Last Ditch Write-In near Brentwood Mall in Burnaby from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. It’ll be a five-hour, pyjama party, writing marathon. Check the Facebook event for more details and to RSVP.

In the IRC, ML Swatibee hosts a Virtual Last Ditch Write-In from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. It’s your last chance to check out this lively chatroom during NaNoWriMo and cheer on your fellow Wrimos to their 50K win!

Then on Sunday, December 1, all of us Wrimos get to celebrate at the Thank Goodness It’s Over party at Boston Pizza in Columbia Square (1045 Columbia Street, New Westminster). Come talk about your novel, what you liked about this year’s NaNoWriMo, or just enjoy some great food. We’ll have a raffle for lots of amazing prizes, including several time travel-themed items to match the 2019 NaNoWriMo theme!

This Week’s Write-Ins and Events: November 18-24

Beat the mid-month slump with this week’s write-ins!

Click on a day to see what write-ins are happening: MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18

ML Castrom hosts a write-in at Blenz Coffee in Vancouver (508 W Hastings Street) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Come Write In at Port Moody Library (100 Newport Drive) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Wrimo Allison hosts a write-in at Honolulu Coffee in Vancouver (888 Nelson Street) from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.

Come Write In at the North Vancouver District Public Library Capilano Branch (3045 Highland Boulevard) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Wrimo Andrew hosts a write-in in the dining area of Whole Foods Market in Vancouver (510 W 8th Avenue) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

ML DSL hosts Come Write In at the Burnaby Public Library Tommy Douglas Branch (7311 Kingsway) from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21

ML Bydaylight hosts a write-in at Waves Coffee House in New Westminster (715 Columbia Street) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Come Write In at the Maple Ridge Public Library (130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Road) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Wrimo Cecilia hosts a write-in at Aperture Coffee Bar in Vancouver (4124 Main Street) from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

ML CreativeCheryl hosts a write-in in the Food Court of Coquitlam Centre (2929 Barnet Highway) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

ML Swatibee hosts a Virtual Write-In on the IRC from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Info on how to access the IRC can be found on the Chatroom post.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23

Come Write In at the North Vancouver District Public Library Capilano Branch (3045 Highland Boulevard) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

ML Castrom hosts our fourth Special Saturday event, a write-in in Room 315 at the Irving K. Barber Building at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (1961 East Mall) from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24

Wrimo Tanya hosts a write-in at Waves Coffee House in New Westminster (715 Columbia Street) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ML DSL hosts Come Write In at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W Georgia Street) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

Stay tuned for more awesome write-ins and events coming up next week!

Midway Motivation

How is your NaNo novel coming along this month? Have you reached the halfway mark of 25,000 words? Maybe you’ve been ambitious and already reached the 50,000-word goal, as some of our local Wrimos have done. Or maybe you’re not as excited about your story as you were at the start of the month and you’re struggling to get the daily 1,667 words out.

Whatever state you and your novel are in, VancoWrimo is here to help with write-ins, beads, and writing prompts!

WRITE-INS

If you need some inspiration and fellow writers to keep you accountable to your writing goals, try attending a write-in!

BPL Write-In Maple Ridge Write-In Coffeeholic Write-In PMPL Write-In

There are plenty of library and coffee shop write-ins where Wrimos meet each week to work on their novels and encourage one another to keep going. If you get stuck on a scene or don’t know what your character should do next, ask the group for suggestions. These write-ins can also turn into interesting discussions that are great fuel for plot creation. Check out this week’s event listings for more info.

BEADS

For those who need a reward to stay motivated, try collecting beads from VancoWrimo write-ins and events!

NaNo Beads

You get to choose a bead from our assorted collection when you reach certain goals, such as:

  • hitting a word count (5K, 10K, 25K, 50K)
  • checking out a write-in in person (Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Vancouver) or online in the IRC
  • attending an event (Last Ditch Write-In, TGIO Party)
  • checking in with an ML to let them know how you’re doing on your NaNo project
  • and other tasks listed on the VancoWrimo Bead Guide

Collect a few beads or fill an entire necklace, it’s up to you.

WRITING PROMPTS

Still not sure what to do with your NaNo novel? Try a writing prompt:

  • Your lead character just won the lottery during whatever scene you last wrote. Where are they and how did they take the news?
  • Your lead character and a side character switch places. How does that work out for them? Does the side character step up to be a hero? Can the lead character handle being stuck on the sidelines?
  • Send your main characters to a desert island and see how they survive. Do they make it until they can be rescued? If rescue comes, do they want to go home or are they happy on the island?

See you at 50K, Wrimos!

This Week’s Write-Ins and Events: November 11-17

We’ve got another full week of word count-raising write-ins, from local libraries and comfy coffee shops to a transit write-in across multiple cities and a virtual write-in that can be done anywhere in the world! Come join us and sail across that 25,000-word mark this week with fellow writers and friends.

Click on a day to see what write-ins are happening: MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11

ML Castrom hosts a write-in at Blenz Coffee in Vancouver (508 W Hastings Street) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Wrimo Allison hosts a write-in at Honolulu Coffee in Vancouver (888 Nelson Street) from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.

Wrimo Andrew hosts a write-in in the dining area of Whole Foods Market in Vancouver (510 W 8th Avenue) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

ML DSL hosts Come Write In at the Burnaby Public Library Tommy Douglas Branch (7311 Kingsway) from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m.

Come Write In at the North Vancouver District Public Library Capilano Branch (3045 Highland Boulevard) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

ML Bydaylight hosts a write-in at Waves Coffee House in New Westminster (715 Columbia Street) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Come Write In at the Maple Ridge Public Library (130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Road) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15

ML CreativeCheryl hosts a write-in at Coffeeholic in Coquitlam (#6-405 North Road) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

ML Swatibee hosts a Virtual Write-In on the IRC from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Info on how to access the IRC can be found on the Chatroom post.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Join the MLs for our third Special Saturday event, the Transit Write-In from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We’ll fill a SkyTrain car full of writers at Waterfront Station, ride the Expo Line and Canada Line, and conclude at Richmond Centre. Please RSVP on either the Facebook event or the Vancouver region event listing.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Wrimo Tanya hosts a write-in at Waves Coffee House in New Westminster (715 Columbia Street) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ML DSL hosts Come Write In at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W Georgia Street) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

Stay tuned for more awesome write-ins and events coming up next week!

A week of creativity and community

This past week has been an amazing opportunity to get to know the VancoWrimo community and some of our neighbours to the south! Our MLs have hosted several write-ins across the Lower Mainland, along with local libraries and a few wrimos who took on hosting duties.

Port Moody Public Library held their Come Write In on Monday, November 4. The library provided word prompts, a selection of books for inspiration, suggestions for finding plots, a contest, and more for attendees. This write-in is great for those looking for an idea-generating writing session in a quiet space. The next PMPL write-in will be on Monday, November 18.

ML Castrom hosted a write-in at Blenz Coffee in Vancouver on Monday, November 4. The next Blenz write-in will be on Monday, November 11.

Wrimo Allison hosted a morning write-in at Honolulu Coffee in Vancouver and wrimo Andrew held an evening write-in in the dining area of Whole Foods Market in Vancouver on Tuesday, November 5. Both write-ins will happen again on Tuesday, November 12.

North Vancouver District Public Library held their Come Write In on Tuesday, November 5. The next NVDPL write-in will be on Wednesday, November 13.

ML DSL hosted Come Write In at the Burnaby Public Library Tommy Douglas Branch on Wednesday, November 6. There were lots of eager wrimos in attendance, all working away on their novels. The IRC chatroom was very entertaining during this write-in, with several participants laughing out loud over comments made in the chat. Participants got NaNoWriMo stickers for attending, which have already appeared on some wrimos’ laptops. The next BPL write-in will be on Wednesday, November 13.

Maple Ridge Public Library held their Come Write In on Thursday, November 7.  The next MRPL write-in will be on Thursday, November 14.

ML Bydaylight hosted a write-in at Waves Coffee House in New Westminster on Thursday, November 7. The next Waves write-in hosted by ML Bydaylight will be on Thursday, November 14.

ML CreativeCheryl hosted a write-in at Coffeeholic in Coquitlam on Friday, November 8. It was a lively write-in with good conversation, warm drinks, and lots of writing. The next Coffeeholic write-in will be on Friday, November 15.

On Saturday, November 9, we had an amazing time at the Bubble Tea Write-In at Sunflower Bubble Tea and got to meet writers from the Snohomish County, Washington group, NaNoSnoCo, who call themselves Snow Cones. We filled up a good part of the restaurant, wrote lots of words, drank bubble tea, and enjoyed a variety of tasty meals. The wrimos and Snow Cones discussed life in their Nano regions, such as what their write-ins are like, how they stay motivated during November, and what their Nano plans are for this month. Special thanks go to VancoWrimo ML Castrom and Snow Cones ML StephanieRidiculous, who coordinated this international event!

ML DSL hosted Come Write In at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch on Sunday, November 10. This popular write-in drew a crowd as usual, including some of our new friends from NaNoSnoCo. The next VPL write-in happens Sunday, November 17.

Wrimo Tanya hosted the long-running write-in at Waves Coffee House in New Westminster on Sunday, November 10. The next Waves write-in hosted by Tanya will be on Sunday, November 17.

For more information about our write-ins and events, check out the VancoWrimo Facebook group or the Vancouver region events page on the new NaNoWriMo website.

Special Saturdays to spice up your Nano November

VancoWrimo offers lots of write-in opportunities during the Nano season, but we also like to offer special events to keep things interesting while we all work on our 50K novels. That’s why this year we’re celebrating the weekend with Special Saturday events, a series of unique write-ins that only happen once this month.

We kicked off our Special Saturdays series with an awesome Sushi Write-In at Kushi Mura Izakaya at the New Westminster SkyTrain station on November 2. With a great turnout, lots of yummy food, and many words and ideas flowing, our first Special Saturday was a success and we hope the others will follow suit.

November 9 is NaNoWriMo’s Double-Up Donation Day, so we’re doubling the fun with two writing groups uniting for a Bubble Tea Write-In from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Sunflower Bubble Tea (5125 Joyce Street, Vancouver). Our VancoWrimo group will be joined by a NaNoWriMo group from Washington, USA. It’s rare to have a group of writers travel to another region during Nano, so be sure to come and check out this extra special event. If you’re interested in coming, please RSVP on either the Facebook event or the home region event listing so we know how many people to expect. Hope to see you there!

On November 16, we’re taking to the rails with our popular Transit Write-In from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This unique write-in takes place on the SkyTrain with a train car full of wrimos. Starting from the Waterfront Station, we’ll ride a loop along the Expo Line, break for lunch, and then hop on the Canada Line to go to Richmond. This year, we’re extending the write-in with additional writing time at Richmond Centre after. This is sure to be an awesome opportunity to get those word counts up, enjoy some great Lower Mainland scenery, and get to know your fellow wrimos. If you’re interested in coming, please RSVP on either the Facebook event or the home region event listing so we know how many people to expect. We usually get a good turnout for this event, so we hope you’ll join us!

There are two more Special Saturdays coming up, November 23 and 30, but we’ll wait until it’s a bit closer to the date to announce those. Can’t spoil the surprise too early, can we?

So grab your writing gear, fill up on writer fuel, and come join us for some fun-filled Saturdays!

This Week’s Write-Ins and Events: November 4–10

A good way to stay motivated during NaNoWriMo is to check out local write-ins and events. With write-ins happening all across the Lower Mainland every single day of the week, we hope to see you there!

Click on a day to see what write-ins are happening: MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

MONDAY

ML Castrom hosts a write-in at Blenz Coffee in Vancouver (508 W Hastings Street) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Come Write In at Port Moody Library (100 Newport Drive) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

TUESDAY

Wrimo Allison hosts a write-in at Honolulu Coffee in Vancouver (888 Nelson Street) from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.

Come Write In at the North Vancouver District Public Library Capilano Branch (3045 Highland Boulevard) from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Wrimo Andrew hosts a write-in in the dining area of Whole Foods in Vancouver (510 W 8th Avenue) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

ML DSL hosts Come Write In at the Burnaby Public Library Tommy Douglas Branch (7311 Kingsway) from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m.

THURSDAY

ML Bydaylight hosts a write-in at Waves Coffee House in New Westminster (715 Columbia Street) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Come Write In at the Maple Ridge Public Library (130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Road) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

ML CreativeCheryl hosts a write-in at Coffeeholic in Coquitlam (#6-405 North Road) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

ML Swatibee hosts a Virtual Write-In on the IRC from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Info on how to access the IRC can be found on the Chatroom post.

SATURDAY

Come Write In at the North Vancouver District Public Library Capilano Branch (3045 Highland Boulevard) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

ML Castrom hosts our second Special Saturday event, the Bubble Tea Write-In at Sunflower Bubble Tea in Vancouver (5125 Joyce Street) from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Joining us local Wrimos will be NaNoWriMo participants from Washington state.

SUNDAY

Wrimo Tanya hosts a write-in at Waves Coffee House in New Westminster (715 Columbia Street) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ML DSL hosts Come Write In at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W Georgia Street) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

Stay tuned for more awesome write-ins and events coming up next week!

Nano 2019 is off to a great start!

Our VancoWrimo group has hosted a variety of events and write-ins across the Lower Mainland this past week!

We started the Nano season with our popular Kick Off Event at Moose’s Down Under in Vancouver on Sunday, October 27. There were lots of happy wrimos in attendance chatting about their upcoming novel projects, enjoying great food, and trying to win plot bunnies from the Wheel of Fortune. Huge thanks to wrimos Rob, Tanya, Sophia, Allison, and Megan, who helped out with the event.

Our first write-in of November was ML Swatibee’s Virtual Write-In in the IRC chatroom on Friday, November 1. This write-in saw a lot of participation from local and non-local wrimos who enjoyed the active chatroom’s word wars, writing sprints, and raptor games. Be sure to check out the next Virtual Write-In on Friday, November 8! For information on how to access the IRC, check out the Chatroom post.

Also on Friday, ML CreativeCheryl hosted a write-in at Coquitlam’s Coffeeholic, a cozy little coffee shop located near the Lougheed Mall SkyTrain station. The shop had wi-fi and outlets available for laptop users and lots of food and drink options to keep wrimos going. Can’t decide between the IRC write-in and this one? Why not do both! Bring your laptop and join your fellow wrimos in person and online on Friday, November 8.

Our first Special Saturday event was the Sushi Write-In, which took place at Kushi Mura Izakaya at the New Westminster SkyTrain station on November 2. We had a great turnout with lots of wrimos enjoying the restaurant’s generous meal servings and getting in some quality writing time. Our next Special Saturday event will be the Bubble Tea Write-In at Sunflower Bubble Tea in Vancouver on November 9, where we’ll be joined by NaNoWriMo participants from Washington state.

On Sunday, November 3, we had the Waves Coffee Write-In with Tanya in New Westminster and the Vancouver Public Library Write-In with ML DSL at the Central Branch location. Both are weekly events in quiet rooms where lots of writing gets done. Check them out next Sunday, November 10!

Nano 2019 kicks off this Sunday!

We here at VancoWrimo are gearing up for a busy Nano season of write-ins and events, starting with our popular Kickoff Party at Moose’s Down Under in Vancouver on October 27 at 12 p.m.

Enjoy great food,  meet this year’s ML team, get the latest info on upcoming Nano activities, chat with fellow wrimos, and win awesome prizes.

The restaurant will be decorated for Halloween, so guests are welcome to come in costume.

Interested in coming to the Kickoff Party? You can find more details and RSVP to the event on our Vancouver region page or on the VancoWrimo Facebook page.

We hope to see you there!

Please Note: Moose’s Down Under is located at 830 W Pender St., but the main entrance will be inaccessible on October 27. Instead we’ll be using the Hornby St. alleyway entrance.

Happy writing,

MLs Bydaylight, Castrom, CreativeCheryl, DSL, Swatibee

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