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32-Hour Crowdsourced Novel: Weekend Writing Madness | SF

Alley Cat Books are once again hosting Let’s Write A Novel for the second 32-Hour Novel Project from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, June 21, and 10 am to 8 pm on June 22.

Please pre-register by emailing 32hournovel@gmail.com with “Novel Pre-registration” in the subject line.

This event is free to participate, but there will be a materials fee to cover printing costs, binding materials, etc. (reduced if you have your own tools).

Details & Weekend Schedule
(subject to tweaking)

Here’s the deal: A group of writers (us) will each write one chapter (a complete short story, around 3-6k words) of a short-story cycle novel on Saturday. We’ll revise our chapters with peer editors on Sunday, then print these glorious pages and learn how to bind our own beautiful books. On Sunday evening, we’ll have a reception and excerpt reading at Alley Cat . Our favorite people (and plenty of strangers) will get a little taste of the genius within the adorably hand-bound pages.

Saturday, June 21

  • 10 am: Gather at Alley Cat Books, drink coffee, eat treats
  • 10:30 am: Introduction of writers, form editor pairs, and review the writing parameters
  • 11 am: Begin writing
  • 6 pm: Reconvene in the gallery of Alley Cat to check-in with our editing partners, drink beer, and celebrate
  • Evening: Writers can keep working on their own if they need to, but it’s totally feasible to finish by 6pm and have the evening to yourself

Sunday, June 22

  • 10 am: Gather at Alley Cat Books, drink coffee, eat treats
  • 10-11 am: Meet in editing pairs to discuss revisions
  • 11 am-noon: Apply revisions and submit final, formatted chapter
  • noon-1 pm: Name our novel, choose chapter sequence, format for printing
  • 1-2:30 pm: Celebratory lunch
  • 2:30-4 pm: Group trip to the copy shop to print and assemble the pages
  • 4-5 pm: Regroup at Alley Cat Books for a bookbinding workshop
  • 5-6:30 pm: Bind our books
  • 6:30-7 pm: Select excerpts and prepare for the reading
  • 7 pm: Public reading of chapter excerpts and book release party

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