A NAWG Collaborative Sponsored Writing Project 2016/17

The basic idea is for a group of writers each to contribute a chapter to a novel while seeking sponsorship from family, friends and others to do this. For our first Narrathon we will be creating a story called The Wishing Star, a romance/crime adventure for 11—13 year-old readers.

Steve Bowkett, NAWG Committee member and Link magazine editor, will oversee the first Narrathon. His job will be to:

  • Supply a synopsis, character descriptions and the first chapter of the book.
  • Issue writers with their writing window dates.
  • Check that standby authors are available if any of the contributors have to pull out.
  • Step in to write chapters himself if neither a contributor nor standby authors are available.
  • Offer guidance where necessary to Narrathon authors.
  • Read through each chapter and suggest edits where necessary.
  • Ensure that finalised chapters are passed on to the next author.
  • Review the whole manuscript to check for anomalies, contradictions, etc. (Hopefully other NAWG committee members will double check the manuscript).
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Contributing authors agree to make the commitment of writing one chapter of the book within the time-frame specified. Authors should aim as far as possible for consistency of style, language level and suitability of content for an 11—13 age range.

There will be 19 chapters (including Steve's first chapter), each between 1,500 and 2,000 words long.

Each writing window will last a week (see the time line below). During that slot the author will read the previously written material then write his or her chapter, leaving time to send it to Steve for approval and carry out any rewrites if needed.

At a pinch, edits and rewrites on one chapter could continue while the next chapter is being written, but we would like to avoid this if possible. Editing two or more chapters simultaneously from different writers could make things very complicated!

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As chapters are written and "signed off" they will be sent out to all volunteer writers so that they can see how the book is shaping up and, as it were, have advance warning of how the story is developing as they prepare to begin their chapter.

If unforeseen circumstances mean that an author can't complete their chapter, please let Steve know as soon as possible so that he can contact the team of standby authors to find a replacement.

At the moment there are already eleven volunteer writers (who gave Steve their names at NAWGFest, plus two standby authors. So a further seven volunteers are needed, plus a few more standbys.

It is intended to allocate chapters on a first-come, first-served basis, so that the first person who volunteered will write chapter two and so on. Some writers may find that the writing slot so allocated isn't possible, but we can be flexible about this: we have a few months to sort out our schedule.

Contributing authors can begin seeking sponsorship as soon as they know they have been selected. Obviously, the more sponsorship money we can raise, the more this will help to make what NAWG offers better for members.

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The names of all authors (contributing and standby) plus sponsors will be acknowledged in the finished book. Contributing authors can also have a brief biographical note included in the book.

We envisage that the novel will be published as a paperback (with an ISBN) and initially publicised through the website, Link and our digital newsletter. Each contributing author (including any standby authors who contributed) will receive a complimentary copy. Sponsors will be able to purchase copies at a discounted price.

We would like Narrathon to be more than a one-off event (though it may not happen annually). Standby authors who would like to be included in the next Narrathon will automatically be part of the next writing team.

Taking Part

Please contact Steve at his address if you would like to be part of our project and/or have any questions.

Please note that all Narrathon participants must be a member of NAWG.

If you're not a member already, then why not consider joining up?

Narrathon Time Line

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Chapter Writing Window
2 08-Jan — 14-Jan
3 15-Jan — 21-Jan
4 22-Jan — 28-Jan
5 29-Jan — 04-Feb
6 05-Feb — 11-Feb
7 12-Feb — 18-Feb
8 19-Feb — 25-Feb
9 26-Feb — 04-Mar
10 05-Mar — 11-Mar
11 12-Mar — 18-Mar
12 19-Mar — 25-Mar
13 26-Mar — 01-Apr
14 02-Apr — 08-Apr
15 02-Apr — 15-Apr
16 16-Apr — 22-Apr
17 23-Apr — 29-Apr
18 30-Apr — 06-May
19 07-May — 13-May
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