Camp NaNoWriMo: April 2014

Attention all writers aged 10-18:

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After three years of running the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program, this year the Mostly Books Young Writers Group will also be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo.

It’s not a literal camp – more like a mini version of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) during the school holidays. Participants are assigned to virtual ‘cabins’ during April and/or July, and choose their own writing goal to work towards over the course of the month. This may be as small as a short story of a few thousand words, or as large as a full length novel of 50 000 words. (Or larger. By all means go crazy.)

You can also work on sections of existing projects, which is something we discourage you from doing during the November challenge. For example, this April you might want to blast through the next 20 000 words of a novel-in-progress, or edit 30 000 words of a completed manuscript.

Participants will have access to online support and motivation via the Camp NaNoWriMo website. In addition, our own team of participants will be able to pep-talk each other at the April meeting (Saturday April 11), catch-up on missed words at the write-in (Sunday April 19) and procrastinate in our online chat room while (theoretically) typing away at their novels.

All local school-aged writers are welcome to join our cabin, including those who haven’t been to group meetings before. Spread the word!

To register your interest, email

About Samuel

Samuel has worked at Mostly Books since he was sixteen years old. He’s now twenty-three. During his time as a bookseller, he’s also completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Creative Writing at Flinders University, with an Honours thesis on the representation of LGBT people in young adult fiction, for which he was awarded a University Medal. He's had a few short stories published, judged the Indie Book Award three times and been twice nominated for Random House Young Bookseller of the Year. He reads practically everything (except for sport biographies and self-help books), and particularly enjoys contemporary Australian literary fiction, young adult and children’s fiction, surreal and magic-realist fiction and long-form journalism. He is the person to ask if you need help finding a book for a reluctant reader. His favourite part of the job is running the Young Writers Group, which has been going strong since July 2012.

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