Happy National Novel Writing Month! Even though writing can be a fun form of self-expression for kids, teens, and adults, motivating yourself to write can often be challenging. Novels in particular require a great deal of self-motivation over a long period of time. Since 1999, the organization and movement known as “National Novel Writing Month” has encouraged amateur and professional writers to push themselves. Anyone can participate in NaNoWriMo, which asks participants to write a 50,000 word manuscript in a single month, between November 1 and November 30. That means an average of 1,667 words per day! NaNoWriMo helps writers across the country and beyond by providing “pep talks” from professional authors, and meet ups in real life so that writers can take a break from this solitary pursuit.
J.J Johnson’s young adult novel This Girl is Different centers around Evie, a homeschooler, entering school for the first time as a high school senior. This book flips the typical high school narrative on its head.
Board Game Bonanza for Students & Teachers In Westfield on May 2nd, 2012 Students at Westfield State University present the Board Game Bonanza! The event, which will take place on Wednesday, May 2nd from 1:30-3pm, features student-designed board games that teach players about a subject within typical classroom content (think state learning standards) and incorporate physical movement at the same time! Some of the games include an algebra review game with a… Read More
Middle and High School Students Invited to Create and Operate Games at the 5th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival Middle school and high school students are invited to participate in the fifth annual Hilltown Spring Festival, which will take place this year on May 14th at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Students are encouraged to create games which can be played by younger children. The youthful game creators may charge a fee to each player… Read More