What is NaNoWriMo?

Straight from National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with a first draft. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.

Be sure to create a profile on to track your word count and connect with WriMos around the world. Remember to choose a region and to add RRPL as a buddy!

About The HUB

The HUB @ Enchanted Hills is Rio Rancho Public Library’s third and newest branch. Located near the intersection of US-550 and US-528, it’s bright, airy, and welcoming. 

About Your Hostess

Your hostess for all NaNo events is Bentley Clark. Bentley is a Rio Rancho Public Library librarian and a NaNo winner. She is delighted to bring this wacky and wonderful literary experience to Rio Rancho. Feel free to call (505.891.5008) or email ( with any questions or concerns.

NaNoWriMo Ultimate Gift Basket

Enter to win the NaNoWriMo Ultimate Gift Basket at each event. The more events you attend, the more entries for the basket. We’ll draw a winner at the Keynote Address, but there is no need to be present to win.

RRPL NaNoWriMo 2023 Events

Plot Bunny Prep Party

October 29 – 1:00 pm

Join Rio Rancho Public Library’s The HUB @ Enchanted Hills for the kick-off of NaNoWriMo 2023!

The Plot Bunny Prep Party is a meet-and-greet at The HUB to introduce WriMos to the space, the resources we provide, the ins and outs of NaNoWriMo, and the basics of November’s Write-Ins taking place at The HUB.

Come prepared to share your unrequited plot bunnies for use as writing prompts at later Write-Ins!

Inspiration Dash Write-In

November 5 – 1:00 pm

Join Rio Rancho Public Library’s The HUB @ Enchanted Hills for the first Write-In of NaNo 2023!

At this Write-In we’ll be providing visual inspiration for those in need. Grab some images to inspire you today! Grab some images to inspire you mid-novel! Grab some images just because they are wicked cool! And, of course, write write write…

Word Spring Write-In

November 12 – 1:00 pm

You’re well on your way to 50k! Join Rio Rancho Public Library’s The HUB @ Enchanted Hills for a traditional Word Sprint Write-In!

You know the drill… write as many words as possible in the amount of time given! (Or don’t. This is your Write-In. DIY this bad boy!)

Plot Ninja Write-In

November 19 – 1:00 pm

Good golly! Are you really 30,000 words deep in your masterpiece?! Tired? Uninspired? You know the answer! A good old fashioned plot ninja!!

Join Rio Rancho Public Library’s The HUB @ Enchanted Hills to encounter your ninjas and get cracking! That’s right… your romance is now a mythological epic. Your murder mystery now features a bellydancing rhinoceros. Go with it! You’re almost there! 

Pajama Party Write-In

November 26 – 1:00 pm

Congrats! You’re in the home stretch!

Whether you’ve kept up with your 1666.66 words per day or not, you deserve a nap. Join Rio Rancho Public Library’s The HUB @ Enchanted Hills for a laid-back pajama party Write-In. Wear your jammers. Bring emotional support stuffies. Pillow and blankets are encouraged. Don’t feel like writing? No judgment. You’ve earned a break!

From Writer to Author – Keynote Address

December 3 – 1:00 pm

It’s done – the story has been written and is complete – but what magic needs to happen to move it from manuscript to published book? Should you go with traditional publishing or self-publish? Either way, what do you need to know about the publishing business before you start betting options?

This class is geared to new authors. We will cover the basics of the writing life including publishing options, finding your niche markets, copyrights, and editing. This is an opportunity to ask questions of someone who is deeply involved with writing as a career option.


Presenter Rose Marie Kern is the current President of SouthWest Writers. She has had over a thousand articles and stories published in both national and regional magazines and has written seven books. Her company, RMK Publications, specializes in helping new authors who wish to self-publish succeed.