Hey -- parents, teen writers (and future writers) -- listen up!
Those fabulous folks at the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program have something very cool for you to do this summer. How about attending a virtual writing camp in a virtual bunk house for a month or two? When Mom nags at you to get off the computer you can assure her you are creating the next great summer novel!
In order to register, you have to check a box that states you are at least 13 years of age, but, for instance, my 12 1/2 year old might be interested in participating, so parents, just use your best judgement in allowing the tweensters to jump in.
When you come back, read this letter from the YWP Director, Chris Angotti:
Many of you are getting ready to send your students off to their vacations—with fingers crossed that they'll keep up their noveling chops.
Luckily, NaNoWriMo has a few exciting ways to engage your kids in writing and publishing during the next months. We'd love it if you'd share this information with your class, or use it if you're leading a course.
Have you heard that your students can write novels this summer? Camp NaNoWriMo is a rip-roaring, mosquito-swatting version of our November challenge. In the month of June or August (or both!), participants 13-and-older bunk up at our idyllic online writers retreat. There, they can join virtual cabins, receive pep talks, track their progress, and enroll in advanced lanyard-making classes. (Only one of those things is false.)
We encourage you to incorporate Camp (either online or offline) if you'll be teaching in the summer months. Check out our suggestions and resources—including a themed progress chart and winner certificate—in the educators section on the Camp NaNoWriMo YWP page.
"But wait," you might be thinking, "we still need to publish our novels from November!" Don't worry, there's still time to take advantage of the NaNo winners offer from CreateSpace. Your class has until June 30 to receive your proofs and order your free copies. Find full details and directions on the "Publish Your Students" page.
If you're looking for even more bookish activities, visit our friends at Figment. Educators can start free, private workshop groups and receive daily writing prompts. And with contests, a snappy daily blog, and a library of over 350,000 original pieces by young writers, your kids will have plenty to do when they're not working on their Camp novels.
At NaNoWriMo, we believe that it's always the right season to be creative. I hope you and your students join us as we bring even more new writing into the world (and maybe weave a few lanyards while we're at it).