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Writing Workshops and Seminars

Join our Military Community Writers for a series of no cost interactive seminars and writing workshops in November.

UMGC Europe’s Military Community Writers invites you to join us for a series of no cost interactive seminars and writing workshops during November. November is National Novel Writing month (NaNoWriMo), and our meetings will include presentations and activities to correspond with NaNoWriMo’s annual tradition of a month dedicated to novel-writing. MCW November meetings will include mini-seminars on elements of fiction writing for writers looking for inspiration and interactive writing sessions for those who want support with the writing life.

National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo is celebrated each November as a tradition for people who want to write a novel. The goal is to write a total of 50,000 words over a 30-day period. NaNoWriMo encompasses an extensive online community and includes many resources to help authors meet the challenge of completing a draft of a novel in one month. You can learn more about the NaNoWriMo community, its resources, and their tips for writing a novel in one month at

Military Community Writers Welcomes You in November and Beyond

UMGC Europe’s Military Community Writers (MCW) welcomes writers of all genres and levels of experience; we welcome members of the UMGC student community along with members of the American military community in Europe. Our goal is to encourage each of you to be at home in the world of words and to infuse that world with your own stories, whether those stories be organized as prose or poetry, fiction or memoir, essay or lyric. To coincide with NaNoWriMo, fiction will be the focus of November’s MCW meetings. In December, we will shift the focus to poetry, continuing to meet online through the spring and alternating our attention to the various genres. All meetings will be virtual until COVID concerns allow face-to-face meetings to be held safely, so UMGC students across Europe regions are encouraged to attend.

Writers of all genres and levels of experience are welcome to participate in UMGC MCW meetings. If you are interested in writing and in meeting with others for writing support but are not particularly interested in writing fiction, you are still encouraged to attend the November meetings. You may find the interactive writing sessions especially valuable because of the focus on providing encouragement and support for making writing a perpetual aspect of your life.

Please feel free to email for more information.

November Meeting Schedule



3 Nov 1300-1400

Mini-Seminar on characterization
(meeting link to be provided)


5 Nov1300-1400


These sessions will use a combination of
prompts and self-chosen topics (such as a detail from your current NaNoWriMo draft) to write in brief 10-15 minute sessions.

These brief writing sets will be followed by voluntary sharing and discussion, and we will repeat writing and discussion as time allows
and according to group preference.


10 Nov1300-1400Mini-Seminar on Plot


12 Nov1300-1400



17 Nov1300-1400

Mini-Seminar on Setting


19 Nov1300-1400Get-Write-With-Others


24 Nov1300-1400

Mini-Seminar on Symbolism and Motif


26 Nov Thanksgiving holiday, no meeting 

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