Friday, November 5, 2010


It is exciting to see that under Ms. Russell’s guidance more than half of our 5th graders are participating in NaNoWriMo, in which people everywhere set themselves the challenge of writing an entire novel during the month of November!

Despite their busy lives, our young authors are devoting many hours to this creative pursuit – some are even giving up recess to sit in the library and earnestly peck away on their laptops. I was happy to hear about one parent who has taken the challenge with his daughter!

If you hit writer’s block or otherwise need a boost of inspiration, these books may help:

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter
What's Your Story?: A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction by Marion Dane Bauer
Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly by Gail Carson Levine

And be sure to check out all the great
NaNoWriMo events at the public library this month! Here's something fun that goes to show that starting to write when you are young can lead to all sorts of adventures...

Recognize that name on the far right? Does Captain Underpants mean anything to you?

Now, go forth and write!

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