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A Novel Idea

The month of November is a much anticipated time for many people. With the holiday season upon us, November is a time of family, friends, and eating so much you need a bigger pair of pants. What many people don’t know is that November is National Novel Writing Month, and students in KM Perform were among those who celebrate!

For the third consecutive year, KM Perform teacher Mr. Weber held a six-week  seminar for students who wished to partake in National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo.) But, what is NaNoWriMo? A non-profit organization formerly known as the Office of Letters and Light, NaNoWriMo works to encourage anyone who has ever thought of writing a novella to participate. Beginning November 1st, people from all over the world can start work on their story with hopes of finishing by November 30th.

While the students were expected to write their novella, November was used for outlining the novel. “Plan, plan, plan. We spend the bulk of the first two weeks planning and pitching ideas,” Weber states.  The rest of the seminar included students working on their first chapter, continually polishing it, and eventually giving a 20-30 minute presentation to the class, featuring a read aloud of their first chapter and a description of the rest of their story. Isaac Edwards, a junior in KM Perform, finds the class fun and engaging; “It seems to be very calm and the deadlines for each drafting task are manageable... [The class] helps me blast out my creative juices.”

Weber has also taken part in NaNoWriMo himself in previous years.“I wanted to provide an opportunity for students to create a piece of writing that required considerable commitment,” says Weber. This year he’ll be completing his third novel and creating a graphic novel, which is another option open to aspiring artists.

The NaNoWriMo seminars are a great opportunity for those who ever thought about writing a novel. Everyone is excited to read the novels that were produced, and if you missed the chance this year, National Novel Writing Month will come around again next year!


Abby Blue

December 2015