I had the honor of addressing a collection of young and aspiring writers some days ago. The group was made up of members of the local 4H club, and of “members” of the Fremont Main Library.
I’ve got to say it was a blast!
The invitation to speak came at a time when Fremont Area Writers was looking for another opportunity to provide some additional community service. This is something my branch of the California Writers Club has done proudly for the last couple of years.
The kids ranged in age from 6 to about 15. As young as they were, each and every one of them had the same goal. They wanted to write a book.
We started the meeting with an explanation of what NaNoWriMo is, who the participant actually competes with, and what the goals are of the Young Persons and “Adult” versions of NaNoWriMo entail.
We discussed ways to find new ideas, ways to stay motivated, and got into the mechanics of planning and writing.
It was rewarding to hear their questions, to watch them take notes, and to sense the excitement and commitment in the room.
One of the members of the FAW branch, Tish Davidson, also volunteered her time. She provided some very serious aid and suggestions for the process of designing a book.
We have been invited to come back again in early November to discuss the on-going process, and then in December for the wrap-up, and “what’s next”.
This was an exciting time, and I’m anxious to visit with these kids again to see how they’re doing.