After beginning the planning process back in October, more than 125 students from nearly all the middle schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District wrote and published a novel. During the month of November, recognized as National Novel Writing Month, the students set a word count goal and wrote every day for the entire month. Once they completed their first draft, they worked with peers and teachers to revise and edit the novels. While some students are still polishing their novels, those who complete the process have published their novels through CreateSpace Publishers and have received a hard copy of their novel.
The district’s Advanced Learning Department partnered with the Madison Public Library to hold the culminating event, the fourth annual Young Writers Conference, on Thursday, May 11. The students engaged with local authors through writer's breakout sessions, and heard from Keynote Speaker Darcy Miller, a published author. In all, eight area writers, including Kim Suhr, the director of Red Oak Writing, joined Darcy to share their expertise in authors’ break-out sessions focused on different aspects of the writing craft. The students' novels will remain at the library on display for several weeks.