Monthly Archives: November 2017


Overheard in the Colony Middle School library: “Wait, why am I dead?” “I’m Sprinkles and you’re Twizzlers.” “Yours would be more like a dystopia.” I LOVE listening to middle school students talk to each other about their novels — the silly stuff, the insights, everything. These young writers are not only […]

YWP Mat-Su: Week 4


Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change for anything he chose to put his hand to. […]

Coffee & Writing 12/9


Places to publish. Pizza parties. Competition. SO MANY THINGS I COULD COVER. On Monday, a student asked if their work would be published (printed) at the end of the month. I told her that, in the past, YWP has gained enough sponsorships to afford printing/publishing services to winning participants, but […]

YWP Mat-Su: Week 3




“Is this good?” “How do I make my characters sound less awkward?” “What should my word count [goal] be?” These are just a couple of the questions my middle schoolers asked me this week. How to answer those questions? Whatever response we give, it likely won’t be satisfactory to every […]

YWP Mat-Su: Week 2


Hello everyone! Caitlin here. I just wanted to let you know a little secret: Kids love writing. (And yes, they can be bribed to do so with leftover Halloween candy.) If you visit us here often, or are an educator who loves National Novel Writing Month as much as I […]

YWP Mat-Su: Week 1