NANOWRIMO is here!


During the month of November, we are each taking the challenge to WRITE A NOVEL. Yes, you read that right. You have complete creative freedom. The only instruction? To WRITE.

Go to and sign up using your ga email. Join our American Stories Rule! classroom with this code: YEXSEPBF

If you’d like to use the workbook, of course you can! ~middle_school_workbook_ed4_INTERIOR

Our American Studies word count goal: 2500 words in one month! (The “official” word count goal is actually 50,000 words!)


Here’s a secret, writer: your first sentence doesn’t matter. Your first chapter doesn’t matter. You’ll return to these pieces again and again as you write and revise your story, discovering your characters, perfecting your plot. These pieces will change, and for the better.

As participant Jessica W. said, “NaNoWriMo is the chance to abandon rules and embrace the ‘what ifs.'”

And the only important thing about the beginning? To begin.

So start with some action. Start with dialogue. Start with your character falling asleep at their desk and poking themselves in the eye with a pencil, or with flying monkeys, or with underwater amusement parks and a robot dog who ends up being the villain.

Just start.

Excited to wonder about all the “what ifs” with you,

Marya Brennan,
Young Writers Program Director

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