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Writing the Great American Novel

nano2National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, is a creative writing project in which participants each try in the month of November to write a 50,000-word novel - about the length of such works as Brave New World or The Great Gatsby. The Ave Maria efforts at the Bean continue meeting Saturday nights until the closing party on Nov. 30.

Miss Foss, pictured left with Bean co-owner Monica Dix, participated in the event last year when she was attending college in Vancouver, WA. She finished about 37,000 words of a Fantasy novel but is determined this year to write the full 50,000 words. "I'm working on a parody," she said, "a story about someone writing a story for NaNoWriMo."

Novels written for NaNoWriMo can be in any genre. Miss Foss says that one student is writing an epic poem, another a teen romance novel. Other students said they are working on fantasy and science fiction stories.

Miss Foss is also making her writing this year a fund-raising effort for the Office of Letters and Light, which supports NaNoWriMo and Young Writers programs. Anyone wishing to sponsor her can click here to visit her sponsorship page.


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