For the second year in a row, Fort Bragg Library partnered with Three Rivers Charter School to participate in the November National Novel Writing in a Month program (NaNoWriMo). The end result was forty-six out of 52 students completed the program and are now published authors!
Building the novel writing into their curriculum, teachers Roger Coy and Samantha Walz began the program by having each student plan themes, characters, word count goals and outlines for their novels in preparation for writing in November. Once November arrived, each student was required to write each day in the process of achieving their story’s word count goals. When the month was over, the students spent the following month working on editing and refining their stories in preparation for publishing. After editing was complete, all of the stories were forwarded to Elizabeth Kalen, Children’s and Young Adult Services Librarian at Fort Bragg Library who formatted the novels and selected cover art. Then, with financial backing from Friends of the Fort Bragg Library, the novels were sent off to the printers. As the finished books arrived, we were overwhelmed by the enormity of this accomplishment and decided these students deserved a party!
Fort Bragg Library is hosting a Book Launch Party, this Friday, April 10 @1:30 pm, where we will be celebrating these remarkable student authors. We’d love to have you join us to revel in this incredible achievement. After all, how many other small communities the size of Fort Bragg has this many published authors under the age of 16? (add to this the 25 from last year!)
Included in the festivities will be students reading excerpts from their novels, author signings, photo ops, and cake (what’s a party without cake?). There will also be an opportunity for parents, grandparents and community members to order their own copies of the books if they desire.
For more information, you can contact the library at Fort Bragg Library, 964-2020.