On November 1st, if you listen closely, you just might hear the clacking of keyboards and scritch-scratching of pens meeting paper. Why? Because writers of all ages, all over the world, will participate in the annual writing event called NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month.
NaNoWriMo is a 30-day sprint of daily writing. The finish line? To have written your very own novel draft as the calendar flips to December 1st. Writers set a word-count goal (50,000 words for adults, lower word-count for younger writers) and the community spirit of “we’re all in it together” is encouragement for daily writing.
Last year 275 Brave Writers wrote novels in our online classroom, which is hosted on NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program. Combined, our classroom participants wrote 887,963 words! Nearly 900,000 words in 30 days— can you believe that?! We’re so proud!
But of course we hope this year’s participants will blow those numbers out of the water! We’re on the edge of our seats with anticipation of what this year’s classroom will accomplish. We know it’ll be BIG!
Will you join us for this month-long wild writing ride?
To Join the NaNoWriMo for Brave Writers Classroom:
- Visit the Young Writers Program and sign up for an account.
- You will be prompted to join a classroom by entering a code. Our classroom code* is: KLLAELZP
- Our classroom name is NaNoWriMo for Brave Writers!
*If you already have a YWP account you will join by logging in, clicking on “Dashboard,” and selecting “Join a Classroom.” When in doubt, look for the friendly Viking!
The classroom is private and is only viewed by other members of the Young Writers Program. It is also monitored regularly by NaNoWriMo staff.
We have created our own online classroom where Brave Writers can connect. Brave Writer staff will occasionally check this classroom, but please keep in mind we will not be reading students’ novels, assigning any grades, or determining word count goals. We will check in to see how everyone is doing and provide plenty of cheer-leading!
We like awesome hashtags (and we cannot lie) and we would love for you to use ours: #BraveWrimos. Take us along for your NaNoWriMo ride, whether you’re posting about where you’re writing, taking a photo of your writing snacks or venting about how hard it is to write a NOVEL IN ONE MONTH–we want to know about it! And we want to root for you!