In the Middle School this past month, students in Nijole and Willa's English classes have been taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.)
Young Writers Program started the NaNoWriMo project, believing in "the transformational power of creativity." "The World Needs Your Novel" is their motto. Students set their own writing goals for the month. Their monthly goals ranged from 5,000 words to 11,000 words, and they establish nightly goals within that, putting their pen to paper daily.
For the majority of the month, students were just writing, not editing at all. At the end of the project, they began editing. Each student selected an excerpt from their writing that they liked, and began by self-editing it. Then, they peer-edited it. Finally, they presented it to the group with a reading.
NaNoWriMo was a great way to honor National Writing Month, and was an exciting way to improve upon our students writing skills. We may just have a new novelist or two (or twenty!) in our midst!