What is Write Along The Highway?

Write Along The Highway (WATH) is a festival of writing events hosted by a collective of West Australian libraries who have united to celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Together we support and promote the local literary industry by encouraging the community and professional development of our local writers.

Connect with other local writers in the WATH Facebook Group.

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an international writing marathon (established in 1999) in which participants aim to write a 50,000-word first draft in the 30 days of November; that’s just 1,667 words a day!

Don’t worry, your writing doesn’t need to be edited or polished, the objective is just to get words onto the page; editing comes afterwards.

To join the challenge, register online via the official NaNoWriMo website and log into the website as often as you like to update your word count and connect with other Perth NaNoWriMo participants in the Australia :: Perth :: South regional forum.

If you have any questions about participating in the NaNoWriMo challenge, contact the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for Perth :: South.

If I dont live locally or am not a member of a specific library, can I still attend an event?

Yes, anyone can attend any event at any of the participating libraries, but bookings are essential. However, you will need to become a member of that library if you wish to borrow their resources.

Do I need to participate in NaNoWriMo to attend an event?

No, events are open to writers of all genres and ability levels and participating in NaNoWriMo is optional.

What is NaNoWriMo Kick Off?

We celebrate the start National Novel Writing Month on 1 November with the NaNoWriMo Kick Off Party.

There is some time set aside for writing, so remember to bring your materials (laptop, paper and pens). You will hear information about upcoming events happening throughout November and the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison will be available to answer any questions about participating in the NaNoWriMo challenge.

Attendees will meet other local writers so there is an opportunity for you to network. You could organise to carpool to the same events or arrange to meet up at Come Write Ins and support each other throughout the challenge.

What is a Come Write In?

Imagine having a reserved space in libraries across the South Metro area to work on your writing. This is what a Come Write In is all about.

A friendly library staff member will welcome you, offer you tea/coffee and set you up for a productive writing session with access to power points and Wi-Fi.

As well as spending time writing, writers can use this opportunity to support each other and discuss their work-in-progress, character development, plot twists, syntax options, red herrings etc. Remember to bring your writing materials: laptop, tablet, typewriter, or paper and pen.

What is Write Night?

After 30 days of writing we hold a celebration and make that final push to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge and reach your 50,000 word goal.

The WATH library teams and the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison come together to facilitate a fun-filled evening complete with writing games, activities, and prizes; yummy grazing platters to keep you fuelled, and an expert panel of local authors, editors and publishers to share their experiences, useful tips and advice for emerging writers.

Remember to bring your writing materials and a sense of humour!


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