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Can Schools Use NaNoWriMo Too?

5 NOV 2014
Career Path : Education News

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National Novel Writing Month, commonly abbreviated to NaNoWriMo, is an annual month-long novel writing contest in which writers try to reach 50,000 words before the end of November. The event took off in 1999 with only 21 participants, and now has millions of amateur writers worldwide who participate each year. While this event is generally aimed at the individual writer in the age range of young adult+, there are opportunities to use NaNoWriMo as a school endeavour too!

NaNoWriMo has introduced the Young Writers Program, which provides lessons plans, writing exercises and educator resources for classrooms or schools who wish to teach students how to write. The curriculum goes through lessons like “Creating Awesome Characters”, “Creating Conflict” and “Setting and Mood”. Students end up learning these lessons through trial and error, as they work on their own novels.

And if you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo before, here are a few books you might have heard of, that were produced during the event and published:

  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (made into a film starring Reese Witherspoon)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough

What do you think students can learn through trying to write a novel in a month?

Source: Inside Higher Ed