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The Love of Lit: Inspiring Young Authors, with NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty

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Teachers! Join us as we bring the Great American Read, and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) founder Chris Baty, direct to you.

Designed by educators, this virtual professional learning experience will introduce a number of teaching models and strategies to enhance your practice. How can you inspire your students to be passionate writers and engaged readers? We’ll explore how mentor texts from The Great American Read, combined with the NaNoWriMo challenge, can empower students of all ages to read and write with enthusiasm and depth. You’ll get direct insight from students, and be able to chat live with NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty.

This event is part one of a four-part series especially for English Language Arts teachers, and was created FOR educators BY educators. With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for classrooms, this series will highlight key themes including narrative writing, the hero’s journey, and more. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event.

Led by PBS All Star Teachers Laura Bradley, and Heather Gauck, this session highlights exciting resources and models that can immediately be implemented in the classroom.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

Read more about the full series and join us on October 25, November 7 and November 14!


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