Students who participated in the Young Writers Program as part of their honors language arts class had the opportunity to write their own novels during the month of November, which is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo.

Soft Skills“We decided this year to have our honor language arts classes take part in NaNoWriMo, which is the November National Novelist Writing Month. It is a national program for young writers where they draft an entire novel in 30 days,” Cleveland Middle School teacher Angela Wright explained.

“It was a very challenging experience to ask 13- and 14-year -olds to do that, but they rose to meet the challenge and we are blown away with their creativity and work ethic.”

Teacher Cana Kirksey also was impressed with the zeal displayed by the 13 and 14 year old students. “The kids really jumped on board. There were one or two at first who were a little nervous about it, but after that first day of writing, they were pumped. It literally blew my mind, the things that they were able to come up with and even the amount — it really is mind blowing what they’ve been able to do and accomplish with this.”

The word count goal for adults is 50,000 words in 30 days, but the Young Writers Program has students set reasonable, but challenging word count goals.

“We had several students who wrote over 20,000 words and one student who wrote over 60,000 words,” Wright added.

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