Monday, 29 April 2019

A to Z Blogging Challenge: Y is for Young Writers Program

This is the penultimate post for this year's challenge and just to make life easy for myself, I'm going to write about a topic I know nothing about. No, seriously. I'm doing this. I've heard the Young Writers' Program mentioned before but all I know is that it's part of the Nanowrimo concept, so I'm going to write about that for Y this year. 

a to z blogging challenge 2019

Ok, so the Young Writers' Program is a way of getting kids who are under 18 to write novels. It's focused around the flagship event in November and some other events at other times of the year, such as the Camp Nanowrimo events in April and July. 

What I like about this is that they seem to have a different site for the Young Writers' Program from the one that we grown ups use. I refer to myself as a grown up loosely, because most days I still don't feel like one. That gives me a lot of comfort, knowing that the kids who want to participate in this project aren't going to come into contact with anyone with who is perhaps writing more adult material and they wouldn't come into contact with that material accidentally, for example, if someone is posting an excerpt from their book. 

It also encourages them to be responsible by reminding them that they need their parent or guardian's permission to sign up to the site. As a child, I don't think I realised how important those reminders were and I'm sure I did a ton of stuff that I didn't get my parents' permission to do, but it's nice that there's that nudge to remind them to keep checking in with the adults in their life and let them know what's happening in their world.

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But the best part about the Young Writers Program is that it is encouraging young talent to come forward and make an attempt at writing something of substantial length. There are too many people in the world already who will tell them that they can't or shouldn't be a writer and should get a proper job. We've all been there, right? This is laying the foundations for a life of writing and feeling validated and included. I love that.

Tomorrow, for the last day, I'm writing about Z for Zigzags here on this blog and over on Rock Paper Spirit I'm writing Y for Yekaterinburg.

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