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NaNoWriMo Jr. Young Writers Program: Let's Write a Novel!

Write a novel during the month of November to celebrate National Novel Writing Month!
Astrid Turner
844 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 7 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will focus on working out a story from start to finish and getting it written down. The next step of editing will be considered, but is not the main focus of this class. The goal of every NaNoWriMo participant is to make the word count goal and not worry about editing or proofreading until the story is complete. 
As a writer, I have participated in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) event every year for the past 6 years. It's been a great way for me to push myself to write and finish a story. I hope to encourage more young writers with dreams of some day publishing their works. I have also hosted a Young Writers event with a private virtual homeschooling group, and was very impressed by the results!
For this course, I will be providing lesson plans and worksheets that are accredited and meet USA Common Core standards (writing and language arts), provided by the NaNoWriMo program. All of these are optional, however, and I will be screen-sharing many of the documents. Others are more helpful when printed out, so the full document will be provided. I will also be sharing many of my own personal writing tips and tricks. There will be several time slots scheduled for writing in-class, but students will be expected to do most of their writing offline. Many writers schedule a time every day to write, whereas some prefer to write in larger blocks. The YWP site will track and chart their progress and award badges for every day students log in and write. It will also allow students to have conversations with one another within the classroom, via the forum page. I will frequently post a question or conversation starter during the week to help get the creative juices flowing, and students can post comments and replies to these posts. It is helpful if the student has access to the website via their own personal device; you can access the website via desktop, laptop or mobile device. I will be monitoring all replies and conversations as administrator.
 5 files available upon enrollment
A link to the official NaNoWriMo YWP workbook is provided upon enrollment (posted in classroom), which you can download and print. At the end of the event, you will receive a certificate that you can print out (Winner certificate for students who complete and meet their set goal, and Participant certificates for those who did not meet their goals but participated in the event). You will also have the option to download and print your completed novel and adjust it to book size, add cover art and more!
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.


Astrid Turner
Lives in the United States
Unschooling Arts & Life Skills Educator
844 total reviews
816 completed classes

About Me

Welcome to Outschool! My name is Ms. Astrid and I am an unschooling mom of three, certified dance instructor and professional artist. I studied dance, theater and music at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA and am a certified instructor... 
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