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NaNoWriMo (that’s National Novel Writing Month) starts November 1.  If you want to try your hand at a novel, (or at least start a novel, here’s a great chance.  For those over 13 who sign up for the adult program, your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to write 50,000 words in the month of November.  (That is A LOT of words!)

Anyone under 13, or between 13 and 17 but doesn’t want to commit to writing 50,000 words,  can participate in the Young Writers Program and set your own goal.

No editing allowed, just write, write, write.  It’s lots of fun, and I can promise you’ll up your word output.

Here’s the link for anyone under 13, or anyone 13 to 17 who wants to set their own goal.  http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

Here’s the link for NaNoWriMo for those over 13 who want to commit to write (or attempt to write) 50,000 words.  http://www.nanowrimo.org/


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By Priya 7th Grade

Everyday, I look at
your face before I left
for a tiring day at work.
Sometimes I came home
a little bit early so I
could spend a few extra
minutes with you.

When you grew up
and left home to get a
good job, I wrote a letter
to you every day saying
how much I missed you,
but I never got a reply.

In the few times I talked
to you on the phone, you
always said, “I have no time
to visit soon, but I’ll try.”
You never came.

I waited and waited
to see not only you, but
your child running around,
and I waited and waited
to have a chance to go
and chase after him, but
you never came.

After my body began to
weaken, I sent one, last
letter that said, “I spent
my whole life wishing to
have just one glance at
you, only one, to know
that my little boy has
grown up.

I needed just one glance
to spend the rest of my
life in peace. I needed
just one glance to know
that my son was okay,
and happy.

I never lost hope
that some day you
would come and meet me.
I wish I could have come to
meet you, but my health was
so terrible that I didn’t have
the strength to come.

Son, by the time you read
this letter, I will no longer
be part of your busy world.
I waited and waited for you
until, finally, death knocked
At the door.

“I hope you have
A great life. You and your
darling family have my
blessings. Try not to miss
Me too much,”

These old bones perished
after seventy-four long
years of loneliness.
Looking down from above,
I spot my beloved son
regretting his action.
At least now I can,
finally, see him.

Congratulations, Priya!

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pirateDavid L Harrison puts up a new puzzle every month.  This months puzzle is about pirates. 

Actually, puzzles can help you build your vocabulary.  And a respectable vocabulary is a tool authors need in order to write a good story. http://www.davidlharrison.com/kids.htm

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Serendipity Literary Agency, in collaboration with Sourcebooks and Gotham Writers’ Workshop, is hosting its first Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition for a chance to win a one-on-one consultation with one of New York’s leading YA literary agents.  This contest is for those 13 and older.   http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/YAPitch.php

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Win - Green ButtonDavid L Harrison is holding a Monthly Word Poetry Contest.  There are two levels of competition – Grades 3-6 and Grades 7-12.

The two winners each month for the next year will win a free membership to the YAAGroup, and they’ll have their poems posted on Mr. Harrison’s Blog and featured on this blog.  Plus, the winners will be placed in our Author’s Showcase in our “Members Only” area to be seen by our Author Panel, our members and editors and agents in the publishing field.

This month’s word for the contest is “Thanks”.  Give it a try, you have nothing to loss and a lot to gain.  Here is the link.

Good Luck,

The Team at the YAAGroup

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mudsmMUD PIE

Yummy, yummy mud pie,
I eat it all the time.
It’s brown, watery, and smells real bad,
But I’d rather eat it with a lime.
Yummy, yummy mud pie,
It looks just like brown mush.
It’s getting weirder everyday,
Don’t step in it! Eww (Squish).
Yummy, yummy mud pie,
Now it’s on your shoe.
It’s getting green and ugly,
I wish I had some too!
Yummy, yummy mud pie,
Now it’s almost gone.
Yummy, yummy mud pie,
I guess I’ll make another one!

– Alyssa Kirch, 5th Grade

Congratulations! Alyssa, you have won a free membership to the YAAGroup.  We will send your ID and password to your teacher.

Alyssa will be featured in the YAAGroup’s AUTHOR’S SHOWCASE in the “Members Only” area where members, editors and our “Author Panel” authors visit.

Join the fun at the YAAGroup

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