Our last NaNoWriMo class was on December 16. What a great experience and memorable journey it was. On with the publishing phase!
For help with publishing your novels, see our NaNoWriMo Specials.
On our last day, the students had some fun with writing prompts. Check them out HERE.
"Two years ago we offered a creative writing class to our homeschool group using the NaNoWriMo resources as our guide. Many of the children in the class were reluctant writers — including my own. I was hopeful, but doubtful. How were two boys who never wrote anything of their own free will and volition going to sit down and write a novel in one month?"
My writing students at Mosaic Freeschool began their noveling adventures last Friday! See National Novel Writing Month.
You can see what they've been up to this fall by reading our update on Mosaic Minutes.
This is my third year teaching writing to homeschoolers. I love working with homeschooled students! Please keep us in mind when considering hiring a writing coach for your kids. Our prices are reasonable and your young writer's skills will improve!
National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a., NaNoWriMo, is almost upon us!
What is NaNoWriMo, you ask? According to the Young Writers Program website, NaNoWriMo is:
National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!
In 2011, my two children (ages 11 and 8 at the time) participated in the program, wrote, and ultimately self-published, 10,000 and 1,000 word novels, respectively.
Prior to "winning" NaNoWriMo, I would have characterized them as non-writers -- only writing when absolutely necessary, and almost never attempting anything close to creative writing. I was delighted to watch this process un-fold. Over the course of the 30-day challenge I saw them struggle, concentrate, create, suppress inner editors, fight writers block, and finish their novels by the deadline!
Last year, my oldest attempted NaNoWriMo again, but only wrote about 2,000 words before throwing in the towel. He was taking a journalism class that fall and wasn't able to find the time or inspiration to write a novel.
This year we are giving it another go! We are joining forces with a group of students and meeting twice a month to prepare for our writing adventure. There are some wonderful ideas emerging already, and as facilitator of the group I am so looking forward to seeing these novels come to fruition next month.
It's not too late to sign up for NaNoWriMo -- simply click the typewriter graphic above. Educators: there are Lesson Plans for grades K-12 and grade/age appropriate Workbooks available, too -- all for FREE. If you have 10 students or more, you can even order classroom noveling kits for a small donation. The kits include a writing progress wall-chart, stickers, and NaNo buttons for the "winners".
If you have any questions about how the program works, please drop us a line in the comment section. Now sign up, set a goal, and join us in creating something great!
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