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Each November, NaNoWriMo hosts the Young Writers Program, which was founded in 2005 as a response to teachers’ requests to bring more writing into the classroom. It was created for kids and teens, age 17 and under. In 2011, about 1,800 classrooms and 50,000 young writers participated in the YWP. In 2012, this number is predicted to increase to roughly 2,000 classrooms and 60,000 teenage novelists around the world.

Unlike adult NaNoWriMo participants, the YWP writers set individual word counts they feel would be reasonable yet challenging for their personal abilities. Educators hosting the program in their classes receive a free kit that includes assignments and workbooks available for all grade levels. At the end of the month, teachers are encouraged to comment on writers’ improvement in self-confidence, creative writing skills, and time management abilities.To learn more about the YWP, visit http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/.

Great job, young writers! We admire your determination and efforts.You give us adults something to aspire to!

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