Sure, most would-be writers talk about writing a novel, but actually sitting down to do it seems like a daunting and potentially isolating task. But those who participate in NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — get a virtual kick in the pants, plus lots of new writing friends. Starting November 1, 120,000 writers from 90 countries will begin their own 50,000-word novels. The support from other writers starts with tonight’s kickoff party and information session from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Writers Place (3607 Pennsylvania). This is the second year that the Writers Place has been involved with NaNoWriMo, says Governing Board member Mary Bunten; the historic building will also hold four work-session parties, called “write-ins,” in November. “It’s really amazing to walk in and see all these people writing and talking about writing,” Bunten says. More than 190 Kansas City writers participated in last year’s event, and Bunten knows that a number of novels were completed. Getting them published? Well, that’s another event entirely. For more information, call 816-753-1090.

Sun., Oct. 25, 5 p.m., 2009