October 26th, 2010
Yes Write With
Perhaps you have heard of NaNoWriMo. During National Novel Writing Month authors give themselves the challenge of writing a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. Many a writer has accomplished a first draft in this time.
I thought it would be fun to establish our own writing challenge in November. As we all know, writing and sharing our work with students has a profound effect on both the success of our writer’s workshop, and on the skill level of our students. And yet it seems to be one of the hardest routines to set and keep.
So click on comment, and sign up for YesWriWith. In doing so, you will be committing to one month of writing each and every day with your students. (You get Thanksgiving and the following Friday off ;>.)
Then 1) Write to tell us how the experience has affected your program, or 2) Share something you wrote during Writer’s Workshop, and be one of ten teachers who will receive a free hardcover children’s book, professional book, or audio book written by me. Your choice. (If more than ten post, the ten will be chosen randomly.)
Those teachers who write for all 20 days and write to tell me, will be eligible to win an entire set of hardcover Andy Shane books.
I hope you’ll take the challenge. And I hope lots of you will post regularly to build excitement and to encourage one another to keep on writing.