National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges adults to write a 50,000-word novel, from scratch, in the month of November.
The NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program also takes place in November, offering a similarly exhilarating prose adventure (with age-appropriate word-count goals) for 12-and-under authors and those taking part in NaNoWriMo as part of a K-12 classroom. In addition to motivation-raising goodies for the young writers, NaNoWriMo provides teachers, youth librarians, and homeschooling parents with free curriculum and lesson plans to help get kids and teens excited about writing. In 2009, over 35,000 students took part in National Novel Writing Month’s Young Writers Program.
Script Frenzy brings the hands-on, inclusive approach of NaNoWriMo to the world of screenplays, stage plays, graphic novels, and TV scripts.
In the Script Frenzy Young Writers Program, kids and teens spend March taking part in a fun, four-week online boot camp to help get them up to speed on plot, characters, and scriptwriting conventions. After a month of learning and practicing, they try their hands at writing their own movies, plays, TV shows, or comic book scripts in April.