Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WITS Team Member Featured in The Tennesssean

Kristen House is a member of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services, a Nashville-based company that helps authors get their books ready for publishing. Kristen is also a writing instructor at Belmont University, and she came up with a novel idea about helping kids convert their creative talent for texting into a novel this summer. Learn more about the program at She was featured in The Tennessean, a local Nashville newspaper, and her is a link to the article written by Julie Hubbard.

A Novel Idea: Making News! Featured in The Tennessean

Article, "Course Helps Teens Find Way With Words," featured on the Front Page of the Local Business Section, June 24, 2011

It's no secret that the young people who are a part of this summer's first class of novelists with A Novel Idea are doing fantastic work.

And as of today, that work is news.

Julie Hubbard, a reporter for The Tennessean, visited our class on Thursday, June 23rd, and was able to speak with students about their novels, their texting habits, and their confidence with the written word.

The article points to falling national trends on the SAT writing exam, and the increased importance of written communication in the 21st century workplace.

A Novel Idea seeks to address these concerns, introducing students to a daily writing habit that they can continue to foster after the program ends.

Most students in class have written over 15,000 words, with many topping the 20,000 mark. We just finished our second full week of writing.

You can read the story on page B-1 of today's Tennessean, or online, here. July's classes for middle school and high school have a few spaces remaining.

For more information, email kristen at

Class C & D details: So you've been thinking about enrolling your son or daughter in A Novel Idea, but you haven't taken the plunge yet. There's still time (at the moment - The Tennessean article is just the first in a series of media stories).

Class C for middle school students begins on July 11th, and meets every Monday and Thursday until August 8th.

Class D for high school students begins on July 12th and meets each Tuesday and Friday through August 9th.

A Novel Idea is about passion, and not perfection. We strive to create daily writers of our students, not to stifle their creativity with criticism.

Students in class A are writing passionate prose, forging fast friendships with other wordy young people, and building incredible confidence in the process. For more information, email Kristen or visit

Note from the Chief Executive Muse

I have been humbled by the overwhelming response from educators across the state, and across the country! Thank you so much for your support, and thank you so much for recommending this truly novel concept to the wordy people in your lives.

Kristen House
A Novel Idea
Write Something Big!

News at a Glance Jumpstart: one-day workshop for adults enrolling now!

ANI Classes C & D: A few spaces remain

ANI T-Shirts and Buttons: Now available for purchase through

Parents & Teachers: You've encouraged your students to sign up for A Novel Idea this summer. Now, it's your turn! A Novel Jumpstart is designed for busy adults like yourself. And if you're interested in teaching long-form fiction in your classroom, here's where you should start. Intrigued? Contact Kristen for more info.

We're Growing! ANI will soon be coming to a city near your friends! Interested in knowing where? Send an email to Kristen to find out if your favorite town is on our list of expansion cities. We're not wasting any time, are we?
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