NaNoWriMo for Young Writers


As I begin preparation for this November’s National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, I reminisce about my own writing journey to becoming an author and publisher. As soon as I was able to scribble words, I began penning down my imaginative tales. I was in awe that I too could be like my literary heroes and pluck ideas from thin air to create a written story. As a child, I represented one type of young writer, but many other types exist.

Some young ones are reluctant to share their stories because either they are still acquiring the skills or lack the motivation or resources. Whether your little one is a hesitant potential writer or an eager budding author, they are welcome to share their story by participating in Artist Madrid Books 2022 Youth Writing Contest.

Children ages five to ten are invited to write or draw out a short story of their own. For their hard work, all participants will receive a certificate of completion and a prize. One winner will even get to see a children’s book published based on their story. This is a great way for parents to work with their children to foster excitement for reading and writing at an early age.

Six year-old Evan Smalls book Captain Jaxson Blocks to the Rescue
The 2021 Youth Writing Conest Winner: Six-year-old Evan Smalls

While the Artist Madrid Books contest is for younger children, children of all ages (up to 18) can participate in the youth NaNoWriMo program. If you have a teen, encourage them to sign up for a creative writing session like this one at the Richland County Library to help them out. You can also check with your children’s English and Language Arts teachers to see if they are doing any activities at school for NaNoWriMo. 

If you’re an adult interested in participating in NaNoWriMo, check out the official NaNoWriMo website

Happy writing! How do you encourage your children to read and write?

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Caitlyn Jones
Caitlyn is a Columbia native and a graduate of Richland County School District One. After high school she built a career as a nationally certified optician and contact lens technician. Caitlyn studied Mandarin Chinese as a part of a Christian Outreach Program which gave her the opportunity to complete missionary trips to San Francisco, New York, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Belize. The birth of her daughter in the Spring of 2020 inspired her to pursue her dream career of becoming a published author. Her daily struggles as a new mother with a chronic illness in the midst of a pandemic lead to the creation of her children’s book Some Days at the beginning of 2021. She then launched her own publishing company Artist Madrid Books with the goal to help other local aspiring authors accomplish their publishing goals. She loves spending time in nature with her husband, daughter, family, and friends. When not busy navigating motherhood and being a small business owner, she enjoys exploring her creative talents.


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