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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.