The Virtual Classroom is loads of fun. It was new last year, and I learned how to use it with the help of good tutorials and plenty of NaNoMailing with the always helpful staff of the YWP. The how-to instructions for using the virtual classroom can be found here on the YWP NaNoWriMo site. The… Read more NaNoWriMo YWP – Virtual Classroom Scavenger Hunt
Classroom Kit Get your Classroom Kit ordered now. It is available free-of-charge from NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. It comes with a poster and stickers so students can keep track of their progress. And noveling buttons for all. If you are reading this later, don’t think that ordering into November is too late, either. Picture this:… Read more NaNoWriMo YWP – Classroom Kit & More
A friend who has joined the Young Writer’s Program of NaNoWriMo asked me a good question: How do students make their goals for writing a novel in November? I have some history here that will help. The first year I wrote novels with my students. I asked for volunteers. Eleven out of 18 students chose… Read more NaNoWriMo YWP – How Do Students Make Their Goals?
I am so excited this time of year. It is just about time for NaNoWriMo! I have written two nano novels. Mediocre at best. At worst, they are boring, redundant, childish, and so much more. Fifty-thousand words each, lacking in rich description, minus realistic dialogue, missing winsome characters, and so much less. However, I know… Read more Ah, Friday…Looking Forward to NaNoWriMo
My 8th graders published novels! Last November, 21 students wrote first drafts of novels. Starting in January, they spent hours and hours editing and readying them for publication, and now 18 of them reaped the benefits of their labor, following through to see their novels published. Here’s a video of their work. Doesn’t that look… Read more 8th Graders Publish Novels