Richard Walker

Richard Walker
  • My Goal:
  • $400
  • Raised So Far:
  • $380
  • # of Donations:
  • 14
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Dear Friends, Family, and Righteous Supporters,

On November 20, the Office of Letters and Light will be bringing together the most mighty of endurance novelists for an event that will define our generation forever.

I'm speaking, of course, of National Novel Writing Month's Night of Writing Dangerously. It's a write-a-thon, and it will take place at the beautiful Julia Morgan Ballroom in downtown San Francisco. I will be there, writing my heart out, trying to win for a third year in a row, and raising money for the Office of Letters and Light, NaNoWriMo's parent nonprofit. (The way you "win" is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.)

 

 

Attendees like me must raise $250 to get in the door, and from there, a rich array of prizes, delicious food, and sumptuous writing time awaits. But this is not about me getting a treat-filled night of literary abandon. This is about children and adults getting the encouragement, structure, and inspiration they need to achieve their creative potential. Proceeds from the event will fund National Novel Writing Month's free creative writing programs in hundreds of schools and communities around the world.

As a teacher, I have seen first-hand the benefits of what National Novel Writing Month can do in the classroom. This will be my third year using free materials provided to me and my students by NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program. I have seen students excited to write. I've helped them set goals for themselves, and then watched them meet those amazing word goals.

I even wrote about it on my blog, Sadly Waiting for Recess, on November 10, 2009. I've blogged about it a lot, actually, but that was a great day. And on that day I posted about my students writing. The wonderful people at Renaissance Learning even contacted me about including excerpts of my blog in their Extraordinary Educators newsletter. I couldn't have done any of that without the wonderful people at the Office of Letters and Light and their partnership with Renaissance Learning that put loaner NEOs in the hands of my students. I've since bought a NEO for myself and plan on using at the Night of Writing Dangerously.

Truth, be told, it was my colleague and friend, Michael Drum, who contacted the Young Writers Program about getting loaner NEOs for the month. When he told me he'd done that, I emailed them too, hoping that would help us get them. We did receive some loaner NEOs, and Mr. Drum, as he is known at school, shared some of them with my class. (You can see pictures above; the girls there are writing on NEOs). Michael did all of this after I introduced him to NaNoWriMo. Not only did he write 50,000 words that month, but he was instrumental in getting many fifth grade students at Lafayette Elementary writing, in his classroom and mine.

Now that I have reached my goal of $350 for the Office of Letters and Light, Michael Drum will be attending The Night of Writing Dangerously with me. I am happy to have my friend, colleague, and fellow writer joining me.  I have also set my goal a little higher, to $400. If you can donate, please do so. And spread the word about National Novel Writing Month and their Young Writers Program.

 

 

The Office of Letters and Light does inspiration like nobody else (did I mention I'm writing an entire novel this November?). And on their behalf, I am asking you to donate.

Also, I will let you touch my raffle prizes if I win some.

Thank you for supporting me in my novel-writing quest, and for helping the Office of Letters and Light create a more engaged and inspiring world. The arts are important, and I thank you for your support.

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Richard Walker is fundraising for The 2011 Night of Writing Dangerously benefiting National Novel Writing Month.

Dear Friends, Family, and Righteous Supporters,

On November 20, the Office of Letters and Light will be bringing together the most mighty of endurance novelists for an event that will define our generation forever.

I'm speaking, of course, of National Novel Writing Month's Night of Writing Dangerously. It's a write-a-thon, and it will take place at the beautiful Julia Morgan Ballroom in downtown San Francisco. I will be there, writing my heart out, trying to win for a third year in a row, and raising money for the Office of Letters and Light, NaNoWriMo's parent nonprofit. (The way you "win" is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.)

 

 

Attendees like me must raise $250 to get in the door, and from there, a rich array of prizes, delicious food, and sumptuous writing time awaits. But this is not about me getting a treat-filled night of literary abandon. This is about children and adults getting the encouragement, structure, and inspiration they need to achieve their creative potential. Proceeds from the event will fund National Novel Writing Month's free creative writing programs in hundreds of schools and communities around the world.

As a teacher, I have seen first-hand the benefits of what National Novel Writing Month can do in the classroom. This will be my third year using free materials provided to me and my students by NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program. I have seen students excited to write. I've helped them set goals for themselves, and then watched them meet those amazing word goals.

I even wrote about it on my blog, Sadly Waiting for Recess, on November 10, 2009. I've blogged about it a lot, actually, but that was a great day. And on that day I posted about my students writing. The wonderful people at Renaissance Learning even contacted me about including excerpts of my blog in their Extraordinary Educators newsletter. I couldn't have done any of that without the wonderful people at the Office of Letters and Light and their partnership with Renaissance Learning that put loaner NEOs in the hands of my students. I've since bought a NEO for myself and plan on using at the Night of Writing Dangerously.

Truth, be told, it was my colleague and friend, Michael Drum, who contacted the Young Writers Program about getting loaner NEOs for the month. When he told me he'd done that, I emailed them too, hoping that would help us get them. We did receive some loaner NEOs, and Mr. Drum, as he is known at school, shared some of them with my class. (You can see pictures above; the girls there are writing on NEOs). Michael did all of this after I introduced him to NaNoWriMo. Not only did he write 50,000 words that month, but he was instrumental in getting many fifth grade students at Lafayette Elementary writing, in his classroom and mine.

Now that I have reached my goal of $350 for the Office of Letters and Light, Michael Drum will be attending The Night of Writing Dangerously with me. I am happy to have my friend, colleague, and fellow writer joining me.  I have also set my goal a little higher, to $400. If you can donate, please do so. And spread the word about National Novel Writing Month and their Young Writers Program.

 

 

The Office of Letters and Light does inspiration like nobody else (did I mention I'm writing an entire novel this November?). And on their behalf, I am asking you to donate.

Also, I will let you touch my raffle prizes if I win some.

Thank you for supporting me in my novel-writing quest, and for helping the Office of Letters and Light create a more engaged and inspiring world. The arts are important, and I thank you for your support.

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The Campaign:

The 2011 Night of Writing Dangerously

  Join us for an unforgettable night of literary abandon! Write the night away

The Organization:

National Novel Writing Month

We believe that stories matter. National Novel Writing Month organizes events where children and ad...

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