NaNoWriMo is coming. That's "National Novel Writing Month" if you didn't know. During November people challenge themselves to write a novel in one month. Go to the NaNoWriMo website to learn more.
Today I want to talk about NaNoWriMo's young writers program for kids under seventeen. While the adult NaNoers have a goal of 50,000 words, young NaNoers can choose their own goals. Go to the NaNoWriMo YoungWriters Program website for info and goodies.
This year my adult niece and I are running a NaNo workshop for 6 homeschoolers, including her little brother and my twins. NaNo has workbooks which you can download in PDF or order for ten bucks, which is reasonable (and simpler than printing out over 100 pages). We received ours and they're beautiful.
Half of our students are using the elementary school workbook and half are using the middle school one. A high school version is also available.
I'd encourage teachers and homeschooling parents to consider running a NaNo workshop for their students. It will get them writing and that's a good thing!
I'll post on this again and provide ideas for running a young NaNo workshop. So stay tuned!