Kid’s Poetry Writing Month (abbreviated “KidPoWriMo”) is an on-line poem-per-day summer writing project for Elementary, Junior/Middle and Senior High School students. It is a fun way for students to be creative and academically engaged during their summer vacation from school.
Each day, participants may choose to write a poem on any topic, or they can use the daily prompts found on this site.
IMPORTANT: This page is under construction & will be updated throughout the month. F.A.Q.s may be relocated to another page on this site.
1. What’s a …”WRI-MO”?
WRI-MO (I pronounce it “REE-MO”) is a short way of saying “WRITING MONTH”. You can find some kind of writing month on-line throughout the year. I have participated in ones for haiku, poetry and songwriting. A very popular one, for novel writing, happens monthly with a new group of participants joining each time the page in the calendar flips.
2.How do I participate in KidPoWriMo?
Visit this site each day to read the prompt. Then write a poem. Post your poem on-line with the hashtag “#KidPoWriMo”.
Click here to visit KidPoWriMo on Google+ (an open G+ community).
3. Can I write my poem about anything?
Yes! The prompts are suggestions to help you if you need an idea to get started writing your daily poem. If you any prompt inspires you, feel free to use it.
CAUTION: As you write, just be careful not to violate the terms of the site where you are posting your poems. Some social sites may shut down your account if your post contains threatening, bullying or otherwise abusive language.
4. What if I have never written a poem before? Do I have to be a poet to participate?
If you have never written a poem, KidPoWriMo may be perfect for you. If you are a poet (who has written a poem or two or more before), you already know this is the place to be.
5. Where should I post my poems on-line?
You may post your poems almost anywhere you like: Facebook, WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tout, SoundCloud, etc. No matter where post on-line, be sure to use the hashtag: #KidPoWriMo.
6. Do I have to type my poems or can I post video, audio or photography?
Be as creative as you like. You may type your poems or take a photograph of the poem on paper. You can record the sound of your voice as you read your poem and post it to SoundCloud.com or you can recite your poem in front of a video camera and upload it to YouTube. Post one way or mix it up. You may choose to post the same poem in all, or any combination of ways.
7. My child is too young to use social media. Can an adult post poetry written by a child?
Yes. Parents and legal guardians may post poems for their children. In these cases, photos of the child’s work would be excellent if shared on your favorite photo sharing site.
8. How can I see poems by others who are participating?
Search using the hashtag: #kidpowrimo
9. What if I only want to write my poems in my notebook?
That’s fine. It just means that other participants on-line won’t be able to read them. Be sure to show your notebook to your teacher when you return to school. This project may make you eligible for extra credit.
10. What about Copyrights?
All poets sharing using KidPoWriMo retain the ownership of their poems. Whenever you participate in any on-line writing, you are sharing publicly. The legal protection you can get through the United States Copyright Office at the Library of Congress is always a good idea.
11. I have graduated from High School already and want to write #kidpowrimo poems. How can I participate?
Thanks for your interest! Please share #KidPoWriMo with children, parents, day-care providers, educators and summer camp directors you know (if an older person wants to write poems, too, let’s just keep it a secret from the younger people). daily writing opportunities include #OctPoWriMo (October Poetry Writing Month), #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), #NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month) and #NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month).
12. I am a teacher. May I use #KidPoWriMo in my classroom?