NaNoWriMo: What it is, and how you can get involved

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, an event that takes place annually across the globe. Each day, participants write towards their goal of a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. Affectionately called NaNoWriMo, it is “for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel”.

Are you or your students taking part? It’s not too late, and is a fun way to get students engaged in the writing process.

To help out, we’ve selected three resources available in Scootle, that explore writing, plotlines, character development, and narrative.

Early Years

Playing with texts
This resource contains a variety of game-based learning experiences to engage students with narrative and informative texts. Explore characters, settings, story mapping, and narrative sequencing.

Middle Years

Writing narratives
Explore popular plotlines and see how language choices shape effective narrative. Rearrange comic strip panels into logical order. Deconstruct popular fairy tales, and create your own storylines.

Upper Years

Storytelling traditions stretch throughout time. Discover oral histories, myths, legends, folk tales, fairy tales, Australian yarns, and interactive digital stories.

You can also gain inspiration, ask questions, and take part in discussions with other people in your region. Just search for your region here.

Share your journey with us! We’d love to read your finished products, and see how you and your students engaged with NaNoWriMo this year.

National Novel Writing Month Shield. Image courtesy of National Novel Writing MonthNational Novel Writing Month
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) believes stories matter. The event began in 1999, and in 2005, National Novel Writing Month became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. NaNoWriMo’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the “Now What?” Months.

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

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