November is here, which means it's time for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), a national event that challenges writers to pen an entire novel (50,000 words) in just 30 days. Jump start your book, find inspiration, and keep the creative juices flowing by taking advantage of some of these writer resources around town.
GRUB STREET: This creative writing center located downtown offers workshop style classes and informational seminars. Skill levels range from the novice novelist to more seasoned pros.
MEETUP.COM: Find other like-minded individuals by searching through the scores of groups on this free site aimed at getting people together. Searching the word "writing" in Boston returns 57 matches. Can't find a group that suits your needs? Start your own!
COFFEE SHOPS: Sure, the image of the lonely writer typing away in a coffee shop may be a cliche, but it's also a universal truth. Writers flock to coffee shops for the brainy atmosphere and of course, the caffeine. Hey, and if it worked for J.K. Rowling...
THE WRITERS' ROOM OF BOSTON: If working in silence is more your thing, considering applying for a space at the Writers' Room, a downtown hiding spot for literary types. Membership fees and outside donations keep the spot in business, which offers a quiet place to write 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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