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Celebrate National Novel Writing Month With UHD


By Paige Caldwell

UHD Writing & Reading Center (WRC) and the W.I. Dykes Library will host National Novel Writing Month's “Write-Ins” for the month of November.

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) during which writers participate by beginning a novel.

The goal is to complete a novel or at least 50,000 words by the end of the month. 

The "Write-Ins" are a place where UHD staff, faculty, students and the general public can convene and work on their novels. At each "Write-In," writers can get feedback on their work from a member of the WRC staff along with light refreshments.

At the end of the month, there will be a closing ceremony that will include a special talk from Daniel Peña, assistant professor of English.

The WRC and library pride themselves on offering valuable services to the UHD community. WRC tutors are dedicated to providing assistance to students by helping them reach a high proficiency of writing. Both organizations encourage everyone to exercise their writing skills as part of NaNoWriMo.

Event Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 1: 

  • noon - 1 p.m., One Main Building Room N420

Thursday Nov. 8:  

  • noon - 1 p.m., One Main Building Room N420​

Wednesday Nov. 14:  

  • noon - 1 p.m., One Main Building Room N420
  • 5 - 7 p.m., 40,000 Windows Café

Wednesday Nov. 28:

  • noon - 1 p.m., One Main Building Room N420
  • 5 - 7 p.m., 40,000 Windows Café

Monday, Dec. 3:

  • Pizza party with author & faculty member Daniel Peña at noon - 1 p.m., One Main Building Room N420
About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.