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NaNoWriMo: On Narrative and Creative Writing

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If you navigate to the “About” page on the National November Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) website, you will find this brief, but meaningful statement:

National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (formerly known as the Office of Letters and Light) that believes your story matters.”

Perhaps the most personal part of this introduction is the implication that your story matters rather than just a story.

NaNoWriMo encourages participants to write about anything they wish, but the emphasis here is on the voice telling the narrative. Your voice.

100 people could tell the same story over and over again. But…could anyone tell it quite like you, with your inflection, your memories, your understanding, or your personage?

This is why your story truly matters. Your personal voice and idiosyncrasies affect the timbre and texture of narratives, putting a one of kind fingerprint on otherwise recycled stories.

With this in mind, consider the collection of books set up next to the NaNoWriMo Display on the first floor of McCain Library. Each one was either:

  • Written by a person who wrote the book during NaNoWriMo and became a best-selling author
  • Deals with narrative and the re-telling or re-writing of fictional and/or actual events
  • Re-tells familiar literature in a new way -OR-
  • Reveals the power and impact of narrative and different voices retelling that narrative on and throughout generations and communities.

If you would like to participate in our weekly  NaNoWriMo meetups, click here for more information.

To go to the NaNoWriMo website, click here.

Happy Writing & Narrating ✒.



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Going Somewhere Overseas?



 Scotties, going global?  If you’re studying abroad in the spring or traveling to another country during the  winter holidays, take the free Mango language program with you!  It’s an easy way to brush up on  coversational Arabic, Chinese, French or Urdu.

 Use your ASC ID # at German, Greek, and Spanish, too, plus about 45 more  language options. You may access Mango on any computer (outside of McCain Library, please) or download  the app.  Bon voyage!


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Reminder: Next Off the Shelf Book Club

Please join us at the next Off the Shelf Book Club meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.   We are reading Nell Freudenberger’s tale of an arranged marriage in the twenty-first century, The Newlyweds.

ImageBook:  The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

Date:  Tuesday,June 26, 2012

Time:  12:00 pm

Location:  McCain Library, 211

Questions or comments may be directed to Erica Bodnar (, Access Services Librarian.  Feel free to email suggestions for future books.

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1,700+ Springer E-Journals Now Accessible

Just in time for the end of the semester research rush – McCain Library is very happy to announce the addition of more than 1,700 Springer electronic journals, accessible from 1997 to the present. You may access this collection under the “Find a Database” tab, letter “S” menu on the library’s home page, or through this express link. You will also find the journals included in the library’s “Find a Journal” or SFX results.

An initial search or results list may be refined by author, year, language or content type (book chapter or journal article) on the left side. On the right side, show or hide a summary. Full article text is generally available to download as a PDF or view in html beneath the citation.

SpringerLink provides full-text of most journals on the Springer journals platform. Content includes hard sciences (such as astronomy, biomedicine, or environmental studies), as well as social sciences and humanities. Something for almost all disciplines, made possible thanks to a consortial licensing deal and an alumna gift.