Arts, Culture, and Humanities

National Novel Writing Month

aka The Office of Letters and Light

Berkeley, CA


National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.

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Executive Director

Grant Faulkner

Main Address

3354 Adeline St.

Berkeley, CA 94703 USA

Formerly Known As

The Office of Letters and Light


Writing, Young Writers Program, Script Frenzy, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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We want anyone who's ever dreamed of writing a novel (or any long-term writing project) to go for it—and to tap our empowering online tools and worldwide creative community to make it happen.

We run three programs, each offering a different empowering experience:

* National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) happens every November, and is our flagship program and namesake. Hundreds of thousands gather—on our website and in person—to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

* The Young Writers Program offers the November novel-in-a-month experience to K-12 students and educators. It provides a dedicated website with curriculum, workbooks, and virtual classroom spaces.

* Camp NaNoWriMo happens in April and July, and is a challenge open to variable word counts and different writing projects.

All three programs offer free online resources, as well as in-person materials distributed by local volunteers and participating libraries and community spaces.

National Novel Writing Month is continually capable of creating a worldwide creative community through our websites, local volunteers, and library initiatives. We operate at a huge scale with a relatively small budget.

We analyze metrics around participant engagement, including writing "success" rates (e.g., word-count updates and project completion) and participation in our community.

National Novel Writing has existed as an event since 1999, and a nonprofit since 2006. We continue to gain participants and reputation through our unique model, and we strive to effectively serve both new and longtime writers.

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