Second Annual Write Your Own Megillah Event | Jewish Book Month 2012

Attention Jewish children’s novel writers!

In honor of Jewish Book Month, The Whole Megillah is hosting its second annual Write Your Own Megillah event. Think of it as the Jewish equivalent of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). From November 7 through December 7, 2012, you’ll have the opportunity to write the novel you’ve always wanted to write.

What: Complete 36,000 words of a YA novel. Or, if your interests and talents lean more toward middle grade, complete 18,000 words. All words must be new — they can’t come from a previously published work or something you crafted before November 7.

Why: The only way to write a novel is to get your tuchas in chair. Be accountable to write a certain amount of words per day. Don’t fret over commas or spelling. Just write. Compile. Create. Leave the editing for December or later.

How: If you are interested in participating, please sign up by commenting to this post and sending your email address to barbaradkrasner at gmail dot com. I will then send you a registration form.

During Jewish Book Month, post your word count each day in the comment section of the Write Your Own Megillah page. Include a paragraph or two if you want.

Throughout the event, count on supportive messages from me, and others connected with the Jewish children’s book world. We all want you to succeed.

Prizes: Yes, there are prizes! The first 18,000-word middle grade novel manuscript and the first 36,000-word YA novel manuscript submitted to me (I will verify word count) will receive a three-chapter critique by Regina Griffin, executive editor at Egmont USA.

Hope to hear from you!

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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28 Responses to Second Annual Write Your Own Megillah Event | Jewish Book Month 2012

  1. Drora Arussy says:

    I’m in – sounds like just the kick in the rear that I need to get the tush in the chair!

  2. BK,
    I REALLY need to do this – but I’m scared! I should, right?

    Barbara B

    • Barbara B.,
      You should absolutely do this! Push past the fear. You have nothing to lose and much to gain. This event is all about quantity, not quality. It helps to quiet the internal editor and just get words on the paper. At the end, you’ll have most if not all of a first draft!

  3. Randi Sonenshine says:

    Very cool, Barbara! I am actually sponsoring a group of middle school writers in NaNoWriMo this year. I may write along with them for this event. I’m just not sure I want to put my work in progress on hold for a month.

    • Thanks, Randi. The beauty of Write Your Own Megillah is that you don’t have to write 50,000 words. Nano doesn’t do that, because it’s aimed at the adult market. And, we offer a critique by an acquiring editor. Nano doesn’t do that either.
      But let me also say that I’m a two-time Nano participant and loved it! I have 50,000 of a contemporary “hen lit” novel and 50,000 words of a Jewish genealogy memoir.

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  5. beccakinla says:

    Reblogged this on Klempner's Kosher Books and commented:
    A great opportunity for anyone who has always wanted to write a novel, but been afraid to try.

  6. What about picture book writers? I assume this is NOT the forum for that genre.
    Lesley Simpson

    • Hi, Leslie,
      You assume correctly. This is not an event for picture book writers, but there will be upcoming events for both picture book readers and picture book writers. Thanks for the question!

  7. I have lots of ideas swirling around in my head. Maybe this will push them out onto paper–or at least onto “screen.” I’m terrified of writing “so many words” but I’ll give it a try! I’m in.

  8. Hi Barbara,
    I would like to participate!

  9. Love to try, Barbara! Please sign me up.

  10. Randi Sonenshine says:

    Does our YA novel have to deal with Jewish content?


  11. Off to a slow start, but beginnings are always hard. Still I’m in the game and off and running. Not sure where I’ll end up, but the ideas are starting to sprout.A family of four girls. Teacher/ mom –OB dad who disappears when he leaves to deliver a baby. My MC is angry that he’s never there when they “need” him. Where has he gone? Will he return? Maybe a modern day version of All of a Kind Family–but not–brewing? We’ll see. And after the last 2 week, I’m sure the weather will factor in.

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