Sunday, January 31, 2021

Welcome to the second NF Fest!

If you've accepted the NF Fest Challenge, congratulations!

Like anything else, the more you put into the challenge, the more you will get out.

For the challenge, there are three requirements: 

1.)  Read each day’s post. Comments are optional.

2.) Complete at least 20 activities during February—those suggested by your instructors or those on our activity calendar. (see tab above) These will have you actively writing, researching, and thinking.  

3.) At the end of the month, on the honor system, you will verify that you completed the readings and activities. If you were registered, you will be eligible for prizes.

You are busy, and times are still challenging. You may find yourself having days where you are playing catch up because you skipped some. That’s okay.

But this is a CHALLENGE and it isn’t intended to be easy. Writing true books for children isn’t easy!

If you like charts to stay organized, I’ve created one (see Activity Grid tab above). You can give yourself stickers or chocolate (or whatever works for you) to recognize each day of achievement.

Share your insights and progress on the NF Fest FB page.

The Nonfiction Chicks, Pat Miller, Lisa Amstutz, Stephanie Bearce, Nancy Churnin, Susie Kralovansky, Linda Skeers, and Peggy Thomas, wish you much success!

 

65 comments:

  1. Looking forward to this year's posts.

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    1. We're happy you're here, too. It's going to be a fun month!

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  3. I am a "first-timer" and excited to be part of this festival! Thanks for creating this opportunity.
    Deb

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    1. It's our pleasure. We are grateful to all the wonderful bloggers who have volunteered their time and expertise to share with all of us!

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  4. Let the reading, researching, and writing begin!

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    1. The month is going to be packed with great, informative posts, Suzy. Hope you enjoy!

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  5. Nice to meet all of you! Looking forward to my first non fiction fest. How do I change my email associated with this? It is the wrong email...any idea on how to correct? Is this a google drive? Trying to figure out how this other email ended up connected. Thanks! Marianne

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    1. Marianne, nice to meet you, too! Please email nonfictionchicks@gmail.com with any questions. Our Lisa Amstutz will help you out!

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  6. Yay! Can't wait to read all the insights from the faculty this year!

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    1. I love reading all the posts, too, Teresa! Always learning!

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  7. Very thankful for this opportunity. Thank you for creating this event!

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    1. It's our pleasure, Christen. We enjoy being on this journey with all of you!

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    1. Glad to have you on board, Tonya! Excited to share the learning and fun!

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    1. It's going to be a great month, glad you're on board, Cindy!

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  10. Looking forward to another great Nonfiction Fest!

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    1. It's going to be a great month, love when we're all learning together, Trine!

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  11. Excited for this year's posts and sage advice from the best in the biz :)!

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    1. Glad you're hanging out with us, Maria. It's always fun to learn from each other!

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  12. I look forward to each day's post.

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    1. We do, too, Cathy. We are grateful to all our bloggers who are so generous with their time and expertise.

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  13. I'm in trouble again! I checked out all 7 books listed today and then put 3 on hold at my branch library. At that rate I'll have books spilling all over by the end of the month.

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    1. It's like looking in a mirror. My book bag spilleth over, too. But it's okay, you'll find room for it in your brain and then you can return the books (and get another stack). :)

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  14. I'm ready to learn! Thank you for offering this at no cost; everyone involved is truly generous with sharing their time and talent.

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  15. ohmygosh. This calendar is so cool. I am SO EXCITED to be participating this year! Thank-you.

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  16. Yikes! I just jumped in and my head is spinning. February will be quite an education in NF writing, especially because I'm also reading Melissa's book Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep with 12x12.

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  17. Yikes! I just jumped in and my head is spinning. February will be quite an education in NF writing, especially because I'm also reading Melissa's book Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep with 12x12.

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  18. Looking forward to this. I've tried and tried and finally wrote a NF book I am proud of. Can't wait to learn and practice more!

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  19. Glad to be here - looking forward to learning!

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  20. Am excited to be a part of this challenge! Love nonfiction!

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  21. I'm so happy to be participating again this year. Thank you to the Nonfiction Chicks!

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  22. This sounds like an awesome challenge. I'm happy to participate. Thank you!

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  23. Really excited by this! Thanks all!

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  24. Enjoying this already! Thanks for organizing!

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  25. I don’t see an activity grid on my phone but will check on laptop.

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  26. Thanks for running this again - such a great resource!

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  27. I'm up for the challenge! Really looking forward to this

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  28. Looking forward to this catalyst to get me going! Thanks for developing it.

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  29. Very excited for another round of NF FEST!

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  30. I remember starting this last year...had no idea what was in store for 2020. Thanks for doing this again in 2021!

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  31. I have enjoyed the first two articles. Very helpful. Thanks.

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  32. Great post to start with! I like the activity of trying to categorize existing NF titles into types. I'm going to continue to do this with the stacks of NF books I'm sure I'll be checking out of the library this month!

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  33. Looking forward to this! Thanks for the activity grid.

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  34. This is my first time I’m participating. I’m looking forward to learning more about writing non fiction for kids.

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  35. Glad to be here again!! Just finished STORYSTORM and ended up with 48 ideas… 32 of them were nonfiction!! YAY!! Looking forward to another great NF FEST!

    In March, I will be doing ROFOREMO (Reading for Research Month) and CHABOOCHA (Chapter Book Challenge). Yes, the first three months of the year are hectic, and there are days when I don’t know whether I am coming or going… but I find that it helps in the long run as I am all set for the rest of the year and can concentrate just on my writing.

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  36. First timer here! Looking forward to it.

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  37. Lots of non-fiction ideas floating around in my head.This will help me get them on paper! Thanks
    Elyse

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  38. I'm taking this afternoon to go back and make sure I haven't missed a thing!

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  39. Catching up and finding inspiration. Thanks for organizing this again!

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  40. It's my first year and I'm enjoying all the posts, especially the questions they ask.

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