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Young Writers Program
The Young Writers Program (abbreviated YWP) is a youth-oriented event run by the Office of Letters and Light alongside NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy. Students doing NaNoWriMo or Script Frenzy K-12 classrooms, writers under 17 participating on their own, and educators leading a classroom in the NaNoWriMo or Script Frenzy experience. Writers over thirteen who are participating on their own may join the main NaNoWriMo site but lose the ability to set their own word count goal.
In the month before NaNoWriMo or Script Frenzy, writers participating in a classroom learn about characters, plot, and other concepts that are relevant to writing a novel or script. They also set a goal that is reachable but challenging. Writers can also discuss their stories and get ideas on the youth-friendly YWP forums, which are viewable only to logged-in members.
By 2004, the NaNoWriMo staff had heard from numerous teachers who had integrated NaNo into their curriculum. Ellen Martin was appointed as a contact person for these teachers and stayed through 2005 as the Young Writers Program director. In 2006, Karlyn Pratt took over the role, and when Script Frenzy was introduced in 2007, the Young Writers Program was also introduced, with Tavia Stewart-Streit as YWP director. She held this job through Script Frenzy 2010. OLL is currently looking for another YWP director as Tavia moves on to the role of full-time operations manager.
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