Share your story as November encompasses National Novel Writing Month! Learn more about this exciting opportunity with Jen Ponce and Mary Wernke, local authors who have flourished with their own literary works during this endeavor. They will share about National Novel Writing Month on Monday, October 21 at 7 pm at the Alliance Public Library in the Community Room. Ponce and Wernke coordinate the Box Butte County Writers’ Guild, which meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower level at the library in the student commons area for WNCC.

Jen Ponce fell in love with reading as a little kid. When the stories didn’t go the way she liked, she started writing her own. She loves fantasy, horror, romance … basically all things magical. Check out her website at

Mary Wernke published her first book, a novel of historical fiction, in May 2019. The first draft was written in November 2018 for National Novel Writing Month. Her second book, a prequel to the first, was completed in April 2019 as part of a NaNoWriMo exercise and her third book will be written in November of 2019 for NaNoWriMo. “Deadlines are the best performance incentive”, Wernke said.

From the website at we learn more about this writing endeavor:

“National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, empowering approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel in just one month. For 30 wild, exciting, surprising days, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

Our Young Writers Program supports under-18 writers and K-12 educators as they participate in our flagship event each November, and take part in smaller writing challenges year-round

NaNoWriMo believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page. NaNoWriMo has grown into a nonprofit that runs year-round programs across 646 regions around the world and in thousands of classrooms, and empowers nearly half a million people to access the power of creative writing.”

For more information, please contact Cynthia Horn, Outreach and Adult Services Librarian at 762-1387.

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