Spalding Con Events for Alums, Students, and Faculty

Need a push to finish that revision? Want to jumpstart your new project? Feeling stuck in the middle? We’ve got the answer for you!

Two Options: NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriWeek

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began in 1999 and has helped countless writers establish regular writing habits and meet difficult writing goals. While it began with a focus on novels, the School of Writing is offering our virtual NaNoWriMo and in-person NaNoWriWeek to our writers in all areas who wish to establish (or re-establish) regular writing habits.

The original NaNoWriMo suggested a goal of 50,000 words in the month of November, but you can set your own writing goal, whether it’s 300 words a day (about a page) or 2,000 words a day—it’s up to you.

For November, we are offering a way for you to have accountability by checking in daily on the alumni Facebook page, joining us in our weekly Zoom “Write with Me” or writing sprints, or coming to Louisville during the fall residency to write in our community, perhaps dropping in on some residency sessions if you choose.

Each day, whether you join us for the month or for the week, you’ll work toward your personal writing goal. We are here to support one another even if we fall short of our goal and to celebrate when we meet it.

Option One: NaNoWriMo (November 1–30)

SpaldingCon NaNoWriMo is a virtual event. All students, faculty, and alumni are welcome to join us. Here’s how it works:

November 1. Announce your goal for the month on the alumni Facebook page (if you are not a member, ask to join. All School of Writing folks are welcome). Your goal can be a number of words, a length of time to write each day, a total for the month—whatever works for you.

Each day in November: By noon, announce your personal daily goal on the alumni FB page, and by midnight, close the day by posting your progress. No judgment, just a step toward meeting your goals and strengthening your writing habits.

Every Sunday in November from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET, jump on our Zoom “Write with Me” meeting. For “Write with Me” sessions you click in to the meeting, keep your camera on (or off) and mute your mic, and marathon write for up to three hours. At the end of the time, folks who wish can report their total word count.

Every Tuesday in November at 7:00 p.m. ET jump on our Zoom “Write with Me” meeting for a 30-minute writing sprint, monitored by one of our NaNoWriMo hosts. At the end, you can report your progress to others in the group.

Every Thursday in November from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. ET, jump on our Zoom “Write with Me” meeting. For this “Write with Me” session, you click in to the meeting, keep your camera on (or off) and mute your mic, and write for an hour. At the end of the time, folks who wish can report their total word count.

November 30. Grab a beverage and toast your writing accomplishments in a 30-minute celebration on Zoom! at 7:00 p.m. Or recap your November writing triumphs and share with your NaNoWriMo buddies on the alumni Facebook page.

HOW TO REGISTER

Reserve your place for NaNoWriMo by filling out this form by September 20*: bit.ly/VirtualNaNoWriMo2021

     *The deadline for the virtual NaNoWriMo is extended to October 25.

Cost: The NaNoWriMo event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $25 (or more, if you wish). You may make your donation here to one of our scholarships or another fund by November 30.

Option Two: NaNoWriWeek (November 13–19)

Itching to get back to Louisville and stay at the Brown? We are planning to have the fall residency in person, and NaNoWriWeek will take place at the same time. The NaNoWriWeek dates are Saturday–Friday, November 13–19. Arrive by 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 13, for the NaNoWriWeek kick-off at the Brown. The event ends at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 19.

NaNoWriWeek, hosted by Marjetta Geerling, provides writers with space to write in quiet, pleasant surroundings. During the day, get busy with your manuscript in the Mansion from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (free coffee available!). In the evening, cozy up at the Brown from 5:00 p.m. to midnight. Participants also may join alumni Dutch-treat dine-arounds and attend faculty and student readings. Participants also have the option to attend residency sessions, such as lectures and readings.  

HOW TO REGISTER

Reserve your place at NaNoWriWeek by filling out this form by September 20: bit.ly/NaNoWriWeek2021

For NaNoWriWeek, rooms at the Brown may be available at $145 a night (taxes included). Request your room on the registration form and we’ll confirm availability by September 30. If confirmed, the payment is due by October 15.

Cost:

Level I pass: “Write Away. The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $25. The Level I pass gives you access to the Mansion and Brown writing rooms, attendance at faculty readings and public residency events, alumni group dine-arounds, and free coffee.

Level II pass: “Your MFA Days. A donation of $150 gives you the same access as a Level I pass, plus the full Residency Curriculum and Events schedule. You can attend residency just as you did as a student but with no evaluations, no required assignments, and no required sessions. (This pass does not include SpaldingCon events.)

Level II pass: “All-access. A donation of $200 gives you everything included in the Level II pass, plus access to SpaldingCon sessions (except workshop), such as Lynnell Edwards’s Hybrid A-Go-Go!, a two-hour seminar on writing in hybrid forms.  

You may make your donation here  to one of our scholarships or another fund by November 30.

NOTE: Participants may take part in both virtual NaNoWriMo and in-person NaNoWriWeek but need to register for each event separately in order to receive the correct Zoom and schedule information.

Cancellation policy for rooms at the Brown
Full refund through November 10. After that, full refund minus any charges made by the Brown Hotel.