Get write into national novel month

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Sarah Moss is the manager of the Portchester Community Association. Here, she talks about getting involved in National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. The aim of the event is to write 50,000 words in a month.

This year, Portchester Community Association has invited writers to use the computing area in the Hub for write-ins during November.

These are sessions where participants get together, encourage each other and help each other develop plots when stuck.

This is a great venue as there is plenty of space for people to bring their own laptops or pen and paper and there are computers and laptops available for use too.

Tea and coffee is available for a small charge.

Write-ins at the Hub are being organised by local author Claire Colley who volunteers for the Community Association.

She said: ‘I’ve done NaNoWriMo many times. I might not hit the 50,000 every year, but I always come out with a chunk of writing that I can develop later.

‘What I love is that anyone can do it, no matter how young or old you are, or how experienced you are as a writer.’

Project Advisor for Portchester Community Association, Mik Norman, said: ‘This is a perfect opportunity to get creative.

‘The rise in popularity of fanfiction, self-publishing and writing workshops means that producing a novel need not be so farfetched these days and peer support can make all the difference in getting started.

‘We welcome anyone willing to come along and have a go.’

The Portchester Community Association run many events and groups to serve local people.

These include activities such as New Age Kurling, Paradise in Portchester, a Fit and Fun Lunch Club and a toddler group. These writing sessions are new to the Hub, but the hope is that they will lead to a monthly writing group where budding authors can get feedback from each other on their work and develop their skills.

Aside from the computers, the Hub also contains a well-stocked second-hand bookshop, a meeting room and a preschool.

New volunteers are always welcome.

Write-ins will be held on Mondays between 2pm and 4pm throughout November. The Hub is at 2 New Parade, 38 West Street, Portchester PO16 9UY.

Any enquiries regarding the write-ins can be sent to Claire at

The official website for NaNoWriMo is