One part writing boot camp, one part rollicking party, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) celebrates its 19th year of encouraging creativity, education, and the power of the imagination through the largest writing event in the world.
“NaNoWriMo ignites people’s superheroic creative powers every year by empowering them to write their stories. It takes courage, grit, resilience—and wild imaginative leaps—to write 50,000 words of a novel in a month. Our stories save us from villainous forces that we encounter every day. Our stories determine the future of our world,” says Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo.
Last year, NaNoWriMo welcomed 384,126 participants, in 646 different regions, on six continents. Of these, more than 34,000 met the goal of writing 50,000 words in a month.
This year, participants will be inspired by weekly “pep talks” penned by published authors, including Roxane Gay, Kevin Kwan, Julie Murphy, and Grant Faulkner. NaNoWriMo will also provide participants access to mentorship from authors including Emily X. R. Pan, Mur Lafferty, and Jasmine Guillory.
Last year, NaNoWriMo unveiled a brand-new website for the Young Writers Program and continues to launch new features, including an improved suite of admin tools, an interactive youth-friendly writing space, and the ability for educators to create multiple virtual classrooms.
Resources such as Common Core-aligned lesson plans and Young Novelist Workbooks are also available. The YWP website recently earned a five star review from Common Sense Education, the nation’s leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids interact with media and technology.
In addition, NaNoWriMo sends out 2,500 free classroom kits each year filled with posters, stickers, and other offline resources.
“Some of NaNoWriMo’s most significant impact comes from our local volunteers, who build a real-world community where writers can revel in creativity. The power of that support system, and the ways it can nurture and inspire, can be legitimately life-changing for our participants,” says Paige Knorr, Community Manager.