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The Office of Letters and Light
February 15, 2011

I am a homeschooling mother of 3 and a teacher of a high school language arts cooperative with a class of 17 teens. My daughter introduced me to NaNoWriMo 3 years ago when we both completed the November novel writing challenge. Each year my experience is better than the previous year and I hope that my writing has also improved. I hope to get something published in the future. This past year, I brought my language arts class along for the adventure. Of the 17 that began writing November 1st, thirteen completed the task and wrote their first novel of over 30,000 words. Many of these same students are still writing as their stories were not fully told. I have watched their fears dissolve and their self-confidence soar. I have not finished reading their novels, but what I have read has pleased the teacher in me. I am amazed at the character development, use of metaphor, etc. in their writing. Any program that encourages the development of young adults to communicate clearly, poignantly, and passionately has my full support. We did use the classroom helps and workbooks provided by the Office of Letters and Light and were pleased with the quality and scope of the material. My students and I are now looking forward to the next challenge - Script Frenzy in April. It will be a first for me as well as my students - many of whom plan to put their novel into a screen play format. Thank you Office of Letters and Light. You have certainly produced winners in my class! Kudos!

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the National Novel Writing Month Challenge for three years

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fund it so that it could be available to students throughout the United States! It's a terrific resource and challenges young people to accomplish daunting goals!

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General Member of the Public & My class of 17 high school (homeschooled) students completeed the novel writing challenge - 30,000 words in 30 days!.