September 24, 2016

Kids Sign on for National Novel Writing Month


National Novel Writing Month kicks off today. The annual event in which participants pledge to write a novel during the month of November features a Young Writers Program. Resources include a classroom kit, a teacher’s forum, and pep talks.  

“We dare you to make your villain write an apology letter to your main character,” is among the challenges set forth by the “Dare Machine,” a fun set of writing prompts. Participants register on the site to set and maintain a word count goal and then, write like the wind. 

In 2010, more than 42,000 kids and teens and 1,800 classrooms worldwide took part in NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program, and 2,000 classes are expected to participate this month, according to the site.


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