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.
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.