Posted by kacates on November 3, 2010
I know we have a lot of teen writers out there, and November is full of great opportunities for you guys. First off, is anyone else out there doing NaNoWriMo? For those who have never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is a huge writing challenge that happens every November. You can sign up for free online, and from November 1 through 30 you write like crazy until you've got at least 50,000 pages of a novel. Quality goes out the window – the goal here is quantity and speed. It's a great kick in the pants for those out there who, like me, keep saying they're going to write more but never get around to it. And even though we're already a few days into November, it's not too late to sign up!
(P.S. – If you think this sounds like fun but aren't too sure about a 50,000-word goal when there are other important things like, you know, school to worry about, you can sign up for the Young Writers Program, which allows you to set a goal that works for you)
Another fun option for teen writers is the Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest 2010. If you're over the age of 13 and have at least 250 words of an original young adult novel written, you can send them in for a chance at getting your entire novel read and critiqued by a literary agent, plus a free 10-week writing course. Other winners might get free commentary on their submissions by editors at some of the biggest YA publishers, or a free copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults, by Regina Brooks.
And finally, even if you're not quite ready to try your hand at NaNoWriMo or a writing contest yet, don't forget there's always our Teen Writers' Workshop here at NPL! Our next meeting is this coming Monday, November 8, from 4 to 5. Bring whatever you're working on and come ready to do some fun exercises with fellow writers.