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NaNoWriMo: Young Writers Program

K-12 educators who might like to take advantage of the next National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in their classrooms should check out the initiative's Young Writers Program (YWP). While NaNoWriMo's adult program has a goal of writing 50,000 words in 30 days, participants in the YWP are encouraged "to set reasonable-but-challenging individual word-count goals." To participate, interested educators and young novelists can register on the program's website for free. Participants have the option of working on their novel directly in the YWP writing space, which offers helpful features such as a word-count display and a goal tracker, as well as tools such as timed Word Sprints and writing prompts. Under Resources, writers will find downloadable workbooks (available at elementary, middle, and high school levels) to help them get started, as well as pep talks and videos with writing advice. In addition to the complete curricula of free lesson plans found under Resources, educators can register to access a virtual classroom space for their entire class where they can "hold class discussions, monitor students' novel progress, read and edit students' novels, and set class-wide writing challenges." Founded in 1999, the main NaNoWriMo event occurs every November, but the resources from its Young Writers Program can be used year-round.
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