Submitted by teenspace on November 2, 2011 - 5:29pm

What is NaNoWriMo?!? 
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month which started yesterday!

Writers across America are having fun trying to write a 50,000 word Novel by November 30th.  You can participate.  The Young Writers Program allows YOU to pick how many words to write by November 30th. 

The idea is to get your creative writing flowing and to write without thinking.  Are you up to the challenge? 

Last year 200,000 adults and 41,000 young writers participated in the program.

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Writing Contest!

Submitted by teenspace on May 17, 2011 - 1:29pm

Celebrate books with Bibliophoria!  Bibliophoria is hosting a teen writing contest.  The topic of the contest is:

"Books are...."

Submit your own, 650 to 850 word, short story, essay or other work of prose beginning with the two words "Books are".  

Deadline is Tuesday, May 24th!

Submit your essay to:  Teen Writing Contest, Bibliophoria, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot Street, Sebastopol, CA  95472. 

What do you win?

Happy Women's History Month!

Submitted by kdeweese on March 11, 2011 - 2:25pm

Did you know that the origins of Women's History Month actually began in Sonoma County? 

In the 1970s, although groups like the National Organization of Women (NOW)and ERAmerica were fighting to have the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified as the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, the topic of women's history was completely unknown in both the public consciousness and in school curricula. 

YA Fiction Factory? Wow....

Submitted by kdeweese on November 16, 2010 - 12:06pm

I just read this article from New York Books about author James Frey (known for getting busted for falsely claiming his bestselling book was a true story).  It appears that he is recruiting struggling young writers to participate in a sweatshop-style writing project to try to churn out the next Twilight-style commercial success in teen literature.  I must admit that I am a little shocked.  I actually read the "I Am Number Four" book -- it was ok, not great, but clearly written with the goal of becoming a movie. 

It's that time again -- NaNoWriMo!!

Submitted by kdeweese on November 1, 2010 - 1:37pm

November is National Novel Writing Month! 
NaNoWriMo officially begins at midnight—whatever your local time—on Monday, November 1.  People around the country will be hunkering down to crank out a full novel in just 30 days.  

NaNoWriMo doesn't care about quality writing, they care about quantity.  To get the words and ideas down on paper.  It's all about output.  This allows you to write without worry, to write with no risks, to just write.


Submitted by teenspace on January 22, 2010 - 6:46pm

Do you remember what NaNoWriMo is?  Last November, teenspace, wrote an article about NaNoWriMo challenging teens to write a novel in 30 days.  Annika from Rincon Valley took this challenge head on and met her goal!