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Ready, set, go -- NaNoWriMo 2008 has begun
November 1 means hangovers and smeared makeup for many Halloween
revelers, but for some 125,000 authors and wanna-bes it kicks off a
month-long effort to write prose during the 2008 National Novel Writing
Month (NaNoWriMo). Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, NaNoWriMo
subgroups have write-ins scheduled, author events, and even their own
website for surviving one of those notorious crashes.
In San Francisco,
there are nearly 1,500 writers registered for NaNoWriMo 2008, and the
local group said in an email that they’ve launched an "official
unofficial" website that locals can use when the main NaNoWriMo site
crashes due to "the force of an eighth of a million writers descending
on a hapless server or two" causing intermittent outages at the main
If you live, work, or write in San Francisco, you're invited to join
them on sfnanos.org,
the official unofficial site for San Francisco NaNo writers. This site
has all of the simple functionality of the forums but low traffic, so
when the main site flickers, they're still on full brightness.
Meanwhile, the East Bay NaNoWriMo chapters are continuing the
longstanding trend of write-ins, in which authors bring their laptops
to one location and write in a supportive literary environments such as
cafes. The following are the scheduled write-ins so far.
Wednesday, November 5: 7-10pm
Cafe Milano: 2522 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94702
Hosted by Candace and Rebecca; contact readingredhead07 (at) yahoo.com
with any questions.
Saturday, November 1: 2-4pm
Cafe DiBartolo: 3310 Grand Ave (between Elwood Ave & Lake Park
Ave), Oakland, CA 94610
Hosted by Alvin; contact alvin.gregorio (at) gmail.com with any
Wednesday, November 5: 6-8pm
L'Amyx Tea Bar: 3437 Lakeshore Ave (between Longridge Rd & Mandana
Blvd), Oakland, CA 94610
See the main NaNoWriMo
website for more information, to register anytime this
month, and to see some of the local subgroups to join.
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