Check out our events calendar below!

Want even more information about what’s going on during NaNoWriMo season? Read about our Virtual Write-Ins, YouTube Guides, #NaNoWordSprints, and our NaNo Coaches.

We can’t wait to write with you during this National Novel Writing Month.

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NaNoWriMo Events

Donation Day Virtual Write-In featuring Marissa Meyer

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Saturday, November 3, at 9 AM PDT (Your Time Zone)

Join us for a special livestream featuring bestselling author Marissa Meyer! This is your chance to ask her questions, chat with other writers, and maybe even double up your word count for the day!

Join our livestream with Marissa Meyer!

Double-Up Donation Day happens all day long on Saturday, November 3, 2018. It’s an opportunity for our entire community to come together to write, inspire one another, and support our nonprofit programs.

Learn more about Donation Day.


Webcast: Use Games to Develop Your Character

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Wednesday, November 7, at 10 AM PDT (Your Time Zone)

Step into your character’s shoes with Society of Young Inklings and NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program (all ages appropriate, writers ages 10-16 especially welcome).

Who is your character, really? If they’re being honest, what do they truly want? What are they willing to do to achieve that goal? In this improv-based workshop, writers will play a set of quick-thinking and movement games to explore character motivation, backstory, and personality. Lace up your tennis shoes and make sure to sharpen your pencil, too. Writers will come away with fresh character insight and a pile of scene ideas to add to their developing novels.

Naomi Kinsman is the author of Spilled Ink, A Writer’s Notebook, and the From Sadie’s Sketchbook series. She is the founder and executive director of Society of Young Inklings, an organization that empowers young writers.

Join our Character Development Webcast.


Virtual Write-Ins

Can’t make it to an in-person write-in? Join us at a virtual one, streamed live from NaNoWriMo HQ. After all, writing is that much easier in the company of writers from around the world!

What happens at a VWI?

  • We write together!
  • We challenge each other to word sprints.
  • We offer suggested prompts to help you find inspiration.

See all our scheduled Virtual Write-Ins on YouTube.

Watch our archived Virtual Write-Ins.

YouTube Guides

Every year, we partner with bookish YouTube vloggers to provide you with short, fun, weekly noveling tips. This year, we’re working with our YouTube Guides to bring you an expanded Virtual Write-In schedule as well!

Our 2018 YouTube Guides are Ochuole Ode of OhSheReads, Gabe (Ava Jae) of bookishpixie, Rachael Stephen, Kristina Horner, and the WordNerds team. Check out their channels or subscribe to our YouTube channel to get a notification when new YouTube Guide videos go up!

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Watch past YouTube Guide videos.

Subscribe to the NaNoWriMo YouTube channel.

NaNo Word Sprints

Word sprintsWhat’s a word sprint? It’s a timed writing exercise to write as quickly as you can for a set amount of time. You can take on a suggested prompt or dare, too!

Why take part in a word sprint? To rev up your writing momentum, and get you sprinting past your inner editor.

Tackle a word sprint with our new word-sprint tool!

Follow @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter.

NaNo Coaches

Every week of November, a published author will take over our official Twitter account, @NaNoWriMo, to answer your questions and coach you through drafting your novel.

All tweets that come from our NaNo Coaches will be signed with the hashtag #NaNoCoach. If you want to make sure your question or thoughts make their way to your coach’s clipboard, please include #NaNoCoach in your tweet, too!

Your Current NaNo Coach

Our 2018 NaNo Coaches have hung up their whistles for the year!

2018 NaNo Coaches

Rebecca RoanhorseRebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula and Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer. Her novel Trail of Lightning, Book #1 in the Sixth World Series (Saga Press), is available now. Book #2, Storm of Locusts, is out April 2019. Her middle grade novel, Race to the Sun (Rick Riordan Presents), drops Fall 2019. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug.


Carolina De RobertisCarolina De Robertis, a writer of Uruguayan origins, is the author of the novels The Gods of Tango, Perla, and The Invisible Mountain. Her bestselling books have been translated into seventeen languages, and have won numerous awards. In 2017, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named her on its 100 List of people “shaping the future of culture.” She teaches writing at San Francisco State University. Her fourth novel, The Burning Edge of the World, comes out in 2019.


Destiny SoriaDestiny Soria lives and works in the shadow of the mighty Vulcan statue in Birmingham, AL. She is the author of Iron Cast, which features magic and mobsters in 1920s Boston, and Beneath the Citadel, a fantasy epic about ancient seers, stolen memories, and a failed rebellion.


Alyssa ColeAlyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and SFF romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was chosen as the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award’s Best Book of 2017 and the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bustle, Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime with her husband or wrangling their menagerie of animals.