1. Sign up for NaNoWriMo, and be sure to register as an "Educator."
2. Fill in your profile information. Click on "My NaNoWriMo" and you'll see three options on the left-hand menu bar:
- Click on "Edit Author Info" to tell us more about you.
- Click on "Edit Novel Info" to tell us more about your novel and set your word-count goal.
- Note: This is also where you can indicate that you're just facilitating, and not writing a novel yourself.
- Click on "Edit User Settings" to upload a photo, create your forum signature, and update your time zone.
3. Use our Resources for Educators. This is where you'll find our free classroom kit, lesson plans, Virtual Classroom how-to, and NEO loaner program. You can also find out how to connect with fellow educators.
- Please see "How Does NaNoWriMo Work for Young Writers?" for all steps.
- Note: Though we prefer it for accountability reasons, students do not need actual email addresses to sign up. We suggest you use a construction like "email@example.com" to create unique log-in information.
6. On November 1, students begin writing their novels on computer or with pen and paper. Many educators hold kick-off parties to get their classes excited.
7. Students write like crazy. Look for regular pep talks and news updates to keep them motivated.
9. Optional: Starting on November 25, students validate their word counts. Click on "My NaNoWriMo" → "Edit Novel Info", and paste the full text of a novel in the Word Count Validator. If it meets the student's goal, he or she wins!
- Note: Students must complete this step by 11:59 PM (local time) on November 30 in order to officially win.
10. On December 1, celebrate students' month of noveling. Distribute winner and participant certificates and share the "I Wrote a Novel! Now What?" page. Most importantly, congratulate them on a job well done. Many educators hold "Thank Goodness It's Over" (TGIO) parties to mark the occasion.