"ISU: The Write Stuff” Ask Us About the Novels We Are Writing!



Casey Blaschke, Deborah Bradshaw, Elizabeth Onayemi and Andrew Shuttleworth, Teachers at the International School of Uganda


As part of International School of Uganda’s commitment to provide a range of enrichment activities for our students, aspiring student novelists have the opportunity to  participate in the Young Writers’ Program, NaNoWriMo (along with over 300,000 writers around the world) during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This after school and lunchtime activity is a fun, innovative, creative writing event, where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days on a topic of your own choosing.

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Last year a small group of seven Junior School students (Grade 3 - 5) completed and printed their very first novels. This school year the writing fever spread as students are inspired by the success of last year’s novelists.

This year 24 students from Kindergarten to Grade 11 participating in the program. They take part in lots of pre-writing activities that are useful tools to apply once they start their 30 days of writing their final novel. They set adventurous word counts and are encouraged to put away their “inner editor” - that negative, inner voice that stifles creativity. After the pre-writing stage in September and October, they commit to writing every day for the whole month of November.

Watch the short promotional video the students shared in assembly:

Once the novelist’s first draft is written, students edit their own work and are then assisted by volunteer ISU library staff and student editors from our Secondary School as part of their IB Service Action.

Their books will be published in 2018 and distributed to the school library, family and friends.

Here is a sneak peak at last year's novels:
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Next year we are hoping we will have more aspiring novelist and to encourage the adults in our community to be risk takers and become published authors.




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