Monday, October 11, 2010

Hugo House Hosts The Novel: Live!, Literally

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Hugo House and Seattle7Writers are teaming up to feature The Novel: Live! this week, beginning today at 10 a.m. with author Jennie Shortridge.

For six full days, the public will get to cheer on 36 of their favorite Northwest authors in the Hugo House's cabaret as they each take their turn at the keyboard in this marathon writing session to complete a full-length novel. And for those who can't make it out to see their favorite writers working live on stage, you're in luck--The Novel: Live! website will include live streaming and chat capability.

On top of being able to see all of your favorite authors busy at work with their craft, the Hugo House will be featuring a happy hour each day from 5-7 p.m. with drink specials, free food, raffle prizes and Seattle celebrity emcees such as Nancy Guppy, Warren Etheredge, KEXP's Kurt B. Reighley and singer/songwriter John Roderick.

There are some fantastic local writers featured on the schedule, including Kathleen Alcala, Ed Skoog, the H.H's own Karen Finneyfrock, Elizabeth George, Stacey Levine, Frances McCue, David Lasky, 826 Seattle's founding director Teri Hein and so so so many more.

And to help the writers with any small cases of stage fright, each will be granted three "lifelines" where they will be able to call other writers, friends, their agents and so on. Seattle's favorite librarian and beloved Book Lust author, Nancy Pearl, will as well be on hand for encouragement each day, as the Novel: Live!'s "fairy god-author."

Like us, you might be wondering: how the hell will this work, exactly? Considering that some of these writers are mainly known for poetry, or graphic novels, and yet others are award-winning prose authors, it'll be exciting to see the final project and what comes out of this possibly insane creative process, to say the least. Will it be a mishmash, will it flow correctly... will it make sense? No one can tell for sure, but we'll just have to hunker down at the Hugo House and watch how it all unfolds. Part of the fun, yeah?

And as an added bonus for all of the writers in the audience cheering on their favorite authors, The Novel: Live! may just be the inspiration you were needing to help prepare you for November's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). For those unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, the premise is simple: writers are encouraged to take a "seat-of-your-pants" approach to their craft and complete a 50,000 word, 175 page novel by midnight on November 30. No big deal, right?! For all of you partaking this November, we give you some serious props and overall, encourage you to get out this week to see all of the writers at The Novel: Live! take on a similar task, only instead as a collaborative effort, and you know, less than a week to finish.

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