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Let’s Get Creative: NaNoWriMo & More

Hosted by MCGT’s CHOICES Chapter

  • Wednesday, November 10, from 5:30pm – 7:00pm 
  • Open to tweens, teens, and parents
  • Offered via Zoom, so no commutes or parking issues  🙂

Have great ideas for the next sci-fi romance thriller or western steampunk mystery? Does your tween or teen have an interest in exploring creative writing? Do you want to carve out time to fill your own creative cup? Have we got the workshop for you!

To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, the CHOICES chapter offers the gift of strengthening your storytelling. This interactive workshop, led by award-winning author and writing instructor Kaia Preus, will include writing prompts and suggestions, resources for middle school and high school writers, and tips for keeping the words flowing even when you feel stuck.

Unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo? Their numerous programs, which run throughout the year, are detailed at NaNoWriMo. Their Young Writers Program includes specific, age-appropriate activities and supports for all writers under 18 at NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program

Interested? Please register by emailing Stephanie Surles (CHOICES Board Member at Large) at stephsurles @ gmail.com (without added spaces) with the name listed on your CHOICES membership. Zoom login information will be sent to the associated email address. MCGT CHOICES Chapter membership is required. Not a member of the CHOICES Chapter? Email the MCGT office at [email protected] to ask about adding an additional chapter to your MCGT membership.

About the Instructor: Kaia Preus is an artist and writer based in Minneapolis. She received her MFA from Hollins University and was a 2019 Author Fellow through the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Her first book, The War Requiem (Essay Press), was a finalist for the 2021 Minnesota Book Award and won the 2018 Essay Press and University of Washington Bothell MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics Book Contest. Her work has appeared in The Briar Cliff ReviewThe DrumPleiades, and elsewhere. She works at St. Olaf College, has served as a MITY instructor, and frequently teaches writing classes online. Kaia is currently at work on a collection of essays and a young adult novel. You can purchase her book and find out more about her work at kaiapreus.com.