Wednesday, October 30, 2013

See yourself in print! Are you read for NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month gives people of all ages a chance to join others who'd like to write a novel and cheer one another one, share writing tips, etc. You set yourself a word goal and then work to meet it, turning off the voice of your inner critic for 30 days! Every published author talks about the endless revision process - but first you need to write something! And that's where NaNoWriMo comes in: for once it's about quantity, not quality.

To support our students, many of whom love NaNoWriMo, our library learning commons space will be devoted to offering them a quiet place to work - whether on our laptops or on paper - during 3rd & 4th graders' lunch recess and middle schoolers' break and tutorial times during the month of November.

If students would like to join our OWS NaNoWriMo class, just sign up on the Young Writers' Program page and send me your username!

What do you do when November is over, you've done edits and re-writes and now want to publish your book? You have a few choices! One option is to self-publish using a local service, such as Third Place Press, or an online one, such as the ones listed here. Figment is a site for teen writers to use to share their work and offer feedback to one another.

Stone Soup publishes writing by young people ages 8-13. Also check out Children Writing & Publishing and Kid Writers for additional ideas!

Happy writing!

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