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1  National Novel Writing Month Australia :: Perth :: South Presented by Rebecca Laffar-Smith and Sioban Timmer

2 What is NaNoWriMo YWP?  November 1 st through 30 th  Reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.  We define a novel as “a lengthy work of fiction.”  Encourage frequent writing opportunities.  90% of students said NaNoWriMo made them more excited about writing.  Improves self-confidence, creative writing skills, literacy and language skills, and time management.

3 NaNoWriMo: A History  NaNoWriMo since  500,000+ participants in  2,000 classrooms and over 100,000 students and educators.  Australia :: Perth :: South wrote almost 4 Million words in  Supported by the City of Armadale, City of Cockburn, City of Gosnells, City of Melville, City of South Perth, Shire of Serpentine/Jarrahdale, and Town of Victoria Park.

4 Bringing YWP to Your Students  In the classroom: Students can participate in class with teacher resources such as lesson plans, workbooks, activities, a progress chart, and stickers.  In the school library: Invite students to write in the school library. Students can write together and follow progress on a school chart.  Independently at school: Provide resources so interested children can participate before or after school or during lunch, recess or free periods.  Independently at home and in the community: Give students information so they can participate from home or attend writing events at their local community library.

5 Benefits for your Students  Self-confidence, creative writing skills, a love of books and writing.  Workbooks & Activities  Pep Talks & Support  Safe & Secure Community  Challenge a Friend  Web Badges and Winner or Participant Certificate

6 Benefits for Your School  Develop your students self-confidence, community spirit, creative writing skills, and a love of books, early literacy, and writing.  Establish a NaNoWriMo library of literary works with free paperback copies of novels by your students and anthologies by your class.  Optional activities and comprehensive lesson plans for a full term with a firm foundation in the English curriculum.  Supportive educator environment with a global online community of teachers on the forums.  Community recognition, encouragement, and endorsement from participating councils.

7 NaNoWriMo in the Classroom  Introduce students to NaNoWriMo – Participate as a class or school.  Optional – Plan your novel/story in October (discuss outlining, character development, story arcs, structure, and time management).  Start writing in November  Optional – Editing & Publishing in December (rewriting, editing, proofreading, cover design, and presentation).  Receive free professionally published copies of individual student novels or classroom fiction anthologies to keep in your school.

8 Start Writing in November  Writing the first draft – write now, edit later  Beginning / Middle / Ending  Sensory Description, Dialogue, and Action  Add new words every day  Give students frequent opportunities to write and allow students to track their word counts in the classroom or school library.

9 Your Free* Classroom Kit  NaNoWriMo’s Triumphant Chart of Noveling Progress  Up to 35 progress stickers  Up to 35 “Imagination Activated” buttons Fantastic tools for motivation and encouragement in the classroom. * Shipping not included.

10 YWP Independent At School Or At Home  Support for independent writing students in the “West Australian Young Writers” virtual classroom and the YWP community forums online.  Independent students can have published copies of their own NaNoWriMo novel for friends and family.  Writing events at local community libraries provide inspiration and opportunities for students to write outside of school hours and among friends.  First five independent student participants from each community receives a complimentary starter kit.

11 For More Information Rebecca Laffar-Smith NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison Sioban Timmer Poet and Children’s Author Write Along The Highway writealongthehighway.org writealongthehighway.org NaNoWriMo YWP

12 What Now?  Would you like to bring YWP into your classroom or school library?  Would you like us to introduce the YWP to your students at a school assembly or in a short classroom presentation?  Would you like information to distribute to your students so they can participate independently?


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