NaNoWriMo YWP (National Novel Writing Month’s Young Writers Program) Support Group & Workshops

Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (27 weeks)
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Lindamood-Bell Learning Center

3300 Edinborough Way
Edina, MN 55435

Brought to you by a Homeschool Adventures volunteer organizer!

Please register by: 5:00 pm on Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Weekly workshops on Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
 September 26, 2017 – December 5, 2017
 January 9, 2018 — February 27, 2018
 March 13–May 1, 2018.


Gathering space is generously provided by Lindamood-Bell Learning Center, located inside Edinborough Corporate Center, which is connected to Edinborough Park, home to Adventure Peak indoor play structures. We will be meeting in the 3rd floor training room of the Edinborough Corporate Center.

Write your novel!

Join other young writers at this NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program support group for support, encouragement and advice with weekly novel writing workshops using NaNoWriMo's YWP high school (9th-12th grades) lesson plans as a general guide for the gatherings.

The group will hold celebration on Dec 6. Novel readings for friends and family will be on May 1.

Group size is limited to a maximum of 10 young writers, so be sure to sign up!

Target age range: NaNoWriMo is for all ages (including parents). This support group's activities will be based on the NaNoWriMo’s YWP High School (9th­-12th grades) Curriculum.

Cost per child/student: free

1. register online at
Registration help can be found at
NaNoWriMo 2. Participants should register at as a “Young Writer” in order to participate in our online classroom, track word count and “win” on November 30.

Parent/guardian/educator policy: Adult supervision is not provided. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children. Parents who do not wish to participate are invited to stay in the classroom and assist. Parents of students younger than 12 should remain in the Edenborough complex during the workshops or recruit another parent to be their children's on-site responsible adult. Parents who drop off their teens affirm and acknowledge that their teenagers are capable to being responsible for themselves.
Sibling policy: Parents are asked to use their best judgement as to whether or not their non-participating children will be disruptive to the program.


  1. Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    Getting Rid of the Inner Editor
    What Is a Novel, Anyway?
  2. Tuesday, October 3, 2017
    Good Novel, Bad Novel
    Creating Well-Developed Characters
  3. Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    Creating Conflict
    Introducing the Elements of Plot
  4. Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    Introducing the Elements of Plot
    Setting and Mood
  5. Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    Settings That Reinforce Characters
    Writing Really Good Dialogue
  6. Tuesday, October 31, 2017
  7. Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  8. Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    Experimenting with Sequence and Structure
  9. Tuesday, November 21, 2017
    Details, Details, Details
  10. Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    Character Interviews on NaNoTV
  11. Tuesday, December 5, 2017
    Thank Goodness It’s Over Party
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017
    Winter Break
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017
    Winter Break
  • Tuesday, December 26, 2017
    Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018
    Winter Break
  1. Tuesday, January 9, 2018
    Taking the “Work” Out of Workshopping
    The Gentle Makeover
  2. Tuesday, January 16, 2018
    Novel, Take 2
    “Unleash the Inner Editor
  3. Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    Revising Workshop 1
    Well-Developed Characters
  4. Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    Revising Workshop 2
    Elements of Plot
  5. Tuesday, February 6, 2018
    Revising Workshop 3
    Creating Conflict
  6. Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    Revising Workshop 4
    Describing Settings
  7. Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    Revising Workshop 5
    Creating Mood
  8. Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    Revising Workshop 6
    Great Dialogues
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018
    Spring Break
  1. Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    Cleaning It Up Intro
    Spelling, Punctuation, Grammer and more
  2. Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Cleaning It Up Review
  3. Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    Cleaning It Up Review
  4. Tuesday, April 3, 2018
    Choosing an Exceptional Excerpt
    Writing a Superior Submission Letter
  5. Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    Getting It Published
  6. Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Classroom Anthology
  7. Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    Classroom Anthology
  8. Tuesday, May 1, 2018
    NaNoWriMo Readings

If these dates, times or plans don't work for you, you are encouraged to set up your own NaNoWriMo YWP support group!

National Novel Writing Month

You start writing your novel on November 1 and finish by midnight, November 30.

The focus for November is exclusively on story creation. There is to be no correction of grammar, punctuation, or spelling during the month of November. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

Because the focus is on story creation, if your child struggles with handwriting or typing, dictation is a perfectly acceptable method of getting the story down on paper — provided that transcribers also commit to locking away their own inner editors for the month of November and faithfully record the story as it is told.

Word-Count Goals

For the purposes of NaNoWriMo, a novel is “a lengthy work of fiction.” You decide whether what you're writing falls under the heading of “novel.” While NaNoWriMo sets the minimum length for adults to be 50,000 words, kids set their own Word-Count Goals. Your Word-Count Goal for NaNoWriMo’s YWP is completely unique to you. You should take into account your writing experience, your schedule (how much time you’ll realistically be able to spend writing), and your enthusiasm for the event.

NaNoWriMo’s YWP’s offers suggested low, middle and high Word-Count Goals by grade level. For example, the three goals for a 9th grade student are 9,000, 12,000 or 18,000 words. You can choose one of the recommended goals or set your own. It’s all up to you!

  • You should make your goal high enough to be challenging but not so high as to be impossible to reach.
  • Keep in mind that a word-count goal is a lower threshold, not an upper limit.
  • The default goal for NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program is 30,000 words, which falls within the recommended ranges for most 11th and 12th grade students.

You may co-author your novel with a friend (or friends).

Parents are also invited to participate in NaNoWriMo.

Winning NaNoWriMo

You win NaNoWriMo by writing to your word-count goal by midnight on Nov 30 and by validating your word count online before that deadline.

When your word counts meets your goal, you win — provided it's Nov 25 or later — you can't win before then, no matter how much you've written.

Every year, there are many, many winners. There are no "Best Novel" or "Quickest-Written Novel" awards given out. All writers who validate their word count online and reach their goal by midnight on Nov 30 receive an official "Winner" web badge and certificate, the opportunity to order NaNoWriMo Winner merchandise, and bragging rights for the rest of their lives.

Ground Rules for discussion:

  1. Respect each other.
  2. Respect the variety of types of writing done.
  3. Don't criticize each other destructively — you comments should build up, rather than tear down.
  4. Avoid interrupting each other when speaking in a group setting.
  5. Be positive and encouraging at all times.
  6. Help make the group a safe environment to explore the craft of writing.


  • All young writers will be expected to have an account at and to join our online classroom.
  • Young writers are asked to come to each gathering prepared to participate.
  • Workshops are low-tech or no-tech.
    1. Awesome pencils will be provided by Lindamood-Bell.
    2. Handouts from, based on or inspired by NaNoWriMo’s YWP workbooks will be provided each week. These handouts were created to spark your imagination and guide you in your noveling journey. The activities will help you create characters, build settings, and hatch plots, plus keep you motivated throughout the noveling month. You'll also discover how a bit of preparation can make it easier to write and complete a story.
  • There will be “homework” — it won’t be collected or graded, but completing it will help you prepare for the following week’s workshop, complete your novel in November, and/or prepare your novel for publication.
  • Reviewing and commenting on your written work will be primarily provided by your fellow young writers — so please plan to set aside time each week to read and comment on the writings of others.
  • If you want to receive a Winner T-shirt, order it early — before November! Winner T-shirts are generally shipped in mid to late December. (T-shirts cost about $20 each.)

Some of the skills NaNoWriMo builds:

  • Creativity: Creating characters, situations, dialogue, and even whole planets from scratch helps you think, but it also teaches you how to apply their fanciful ideas to a full project.
  • Confidence: When creating so much text in such a short period of time, you'll realize just how much you can accomplish when you put your mind to it. NaNoWriMo leaves young writers asking themselves, "What's next?"
  • Time Management: NaNoWriMo teaches students how to tackle a huge project by breaking it down into manageable bites!
  • Fluency: Writing so much in so little time boosts proficiency in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and will help you approach future writing assignments with ease and confidence. (We won't be focusing on grammar, punctuation, and/or spelling at our meetings, but you'll have a lengthy document to proofread and edit at the end of the month.)

Overall goals of the NaNoWriMo's YWP lesson plans

  • Write narratives that engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view, and purposefully organize a sequence of events or experiences.
  • Write narratives to develop narrative elements (for example, setting, conflict, complex characters) with relevant and specific sensory details
  • Produce writing in which the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Write routinely over extended time frames (with time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (in a single sitting or over a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • With some guidance and support from peers and adults, strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach after rethinking how well questions of purpose have been addressed

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