Huge platform: More than 300,000 people participated in NaNoWriMo in 2017! And hundreds of novels written during the challenge have been published over the years, including Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. The organization’s platform is enormous and expanding constantly, with over 250,000 Facebook likes and 172,000 Twitter followers.
Established educational reach: In 2017, more than 150,000 kids and 10,000 classrooms took part in their Young Writers Program (a word-count-driven event specifically for kids), and over 1,200 community spaces, including 1,000+ libraries, took part in their Come Write In program (an initiative to build vibrant writing communities). Inspiring creativity in children is fast becoming the organization’s primary mission, and Brave the Page is the perfect guide for curious young minds.
Original content from popular authors: Brave the Page will feature an exclusive introduction by Jason Reynolds, as well as original essays throughout from Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Celia C. Pérez (The First Rule of Punk), Marissa Meyer (Cinder), Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper), and Scott Westerfeld (Uglies).
Not just November: National Novel Writing Month takes place in November each year, so young writers will be looking for help and inspiration in its lead up. But many of NaNoWriMo’s programs run throughout the year, and there’s never a wrong time to buy this smart guide for young writers in your life.
Petite package: Its smaller trim and paper-over-board binding will give this a “handbook” feel—a gifty look that’s also durable enough to be thrown into a bookbag. The lower price point should appeal to educators as well!
Praise for Brave the Page!
“Though specifically targeting young writers, this upbeat handbook is a wonderful instruction guide for writers of any age as well as a perfect text for any creative-writing classroom.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*“Stern and Faulkner lay out clear, detailed plans for each week of the month, identifying tasks to accomplish, questions to ask, distractions to avoid, and problems to solve. Although this is a realistic and practical guide, the authors consistently applaud their readers/writers and cheer them on, showing them that success is, in fact, always possible. This book is an ideal text to use with tween/teen writing groups in school and public libraries or in language arts/creative writing classes; but you should also have a copy on the shelf to hand to the student who is eager to write and ready for a challenge.”—School Library Connection, starred review
“The book’s strength lies in its humorous and conversational reassurance…[and] gives writers permission to figure out what works for them… In addition to offering emotional support, the book has enormous practical value. Fun writing exercises, ideas to expand setting and characterization, suggestions for keeping track of word counts, and strategies for approaching the editing process help to keep the writing on track while breaking it into manageable components. VERDICT This book is a fantastic reminder that writing is fun. A must-have for anyone participating in National Novel Writing Month.”—School Library Journal
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