How NaNoWriMo Works for Families

Because NaNoWriMo can be a rigorous, time-consuming challenge for students, it’s important that families understand the event and provide support for their children’s creative efforts. These are a few suggested steps.

Are you an educator working with young writers? Consider sending home our "How NaNoWriMo works for Families" letter in English or Spanish

1. Understand what your child is working on this November.


2. Be aware of our site’s legal terms, and how your child is protected.

IMPORTANT DETAILS: A parent or educator must review the Terms & Conditions before a child may establish an account.


3. Check with your child’s educator to understand the structure and expectations of NaNoWriMo in their classroom.

Some questions to ask:

  • What is my child’s word-count goal? How was it chosen?
  • Will my child write primarily in class? If not, how can I best support their writing at home?
  • What do you hope my child will get out of this challenge?


4. Talk to your child about their novel.

Some questions to ask:

  • What are you writing about?
  • How did you choose that story? That main character?
  • What are you finding most exciting about NaNoWriMo?
  • What are you finding most challenging about NaNoWriMo?
  • How can I help you finish your novel this month?


5. Consider joining up.

Incredible things happen when families make things together. Try writing your own novel as part of our NaNoWriMo adult program!


Read more on our Help & FAQ page.