November Non-Fiction Writing Challenge


I’m not at all sure I’m up to the challenge, but I’m in. November is NaNoWriMo (National  Novel Writing Month). A writing coach who works with people who write nonfiction (like me) has launched WNFIN (Write NonFiction in November). I decided that is the challenge to take on.

It’s hard to say if I’ll finish the project in the month of November (who in their right mind chose NOVEMBER with Thanksgiving and    – for those with children in Portland Public Schools – the (lack of ) school schedule??  Regardless, I’m using this to launch my desire to finish writing my book on weight management for people with IDD by the end of 2012.

I won’t be posting everything on my blog at, given that I’m not sure how they’ll turn out. But I will post here. So if you want to comment on the process, insert your questions, share your stories, this is the place!

I do best when I know people are interested in the end result, so please participate!  I promise to make it worth your while.

Thanks for going along on the ride with me!


About Joan

I am first, and foremost, the mother of two amazing young men. One of them has Down syndrome, Autism, Celiac Disease, and uses few words. I focus my work on providing support, training, and creating tools that will create quality lives, quality health, and connected community for him and his peers. It's true. We can all have a quality life, with quality health, and connected communities in which we thrive. Let's go on this walk together! You can learn more about me and my work at
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