Sign Up to Hone Your NF Craft


Writing nonfiction is tough. You have to research your topic, hook your reader and spin a story with a satisfying emotional arc all while sticking to the facts.

Whew! It certainly isn’t easy.

But if it is something you are interested in learning more about the Nonfiction Chicks’ blog is holding their second annual NF Fest 2021 Challenge this February.

Each day throughout the month, a nonfiction author or illustrator will share a post about factual writing. Five of the guests that they’ve invited are Candace Fleming, Melissa Stewart, Kathleen Krull, Carole Boston Weatherford, and Kate Messner. I’ve attended webinars with Messner before so I’m really looking forward to this event.

But they don’t want you to just read. They want to you practice your writing craft. Each post will include an activity related to the post. There will also be a list of 30 additional activities designed to help you hone your skills.

I have to say that I’m not always a huge writing activity fan. Some prompts work really well for me and others just leave me stratching my head. How is this going to help? Fortunately the NF Chicks are pros both in terms of writing and inspiration. I’m including the activity calendar from last year so that you can see the kinds of prompts they typically create.

To sign up:

Visit the NF Fest web site here. You can sign up any time from January 15 until the 31st.

Fill out the form on the right hand side of the page.

Once the event begins, you will need to read each post; posts can be e-mailed to you. As you read, complete 20 or more activities. Then at the end sign the pledge. Winners are eligible to receive a variety of prizes.

I’ve already signed up and hope to see some of you there!


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