NaNoWriMo believes that:
Your story matters.
We are committed to a world that celebrates diverse voices, and encourages everyone to tell their stories.
In 2016, 928 volunteer Municipal Liaisons supported 445,179 participants on six continents.
A few pics from our social last night pic.twitter.com/teUsN7qQxp
— NYC NoWriMo (@nycnowrimo) November 5, 2016
You are capable of even more than you think.
We are committed to building writing confidence.
In a 2016 survey, 86% of respondents said that NaNoWriMo helped them learn what they can accomplish when determined.
89% of respondents said that NaNoWriMo made them more excited about writing.
In a 2013 independent study, 87% of student participants in our Young Writers Program said that it made them more confident writers.
— Kimberly Hammaker (@mrshammaker) December 9, 2016
You can build worlds.
We are committed to creating real-life, vibrant, literate communities.
Every year, we partner hundreds of volunteers with their local libraries, bookstores, and community centers.
— Shannon Monroe (@ShannonLMonroe) December 1, 2016
- NaNoWriMo’s 2016 Annual Report: View or download on Scribd.
- NaNoWriMo’s 2015 Annual Report: View or download on Scribd.
- NaNoWriMo’s 2014 Annual Report: Download as a PDF.
- NaNoWriMo’s 2013 Annual Report: Download as a PNG.
- NaNoWriMo’s 2012 Annual Report: Download as a PDF.
In the News
“[NaNoWriMo]‘s made writing feel like something that’s achievable and, in the process, returned literature to a place of pop art possibility that it hasn’t been in for years.”
— Graeme McMillan, TIME Magazine
“Through [NaNoWriMo], which had my entire class intrigued, we learned how to develop a plot, build character descriptions and foreshadow, through writing our novels.”
— Julia Fox, The New York Times
“By having access to so many peers, thousands of people were going to emerge from [NaNoWriMo] with better stories — and better ability to navigate past writing snags — than they would have enjoyed otherwise.”
— George Anders, Forbes Magazine
Part of why I love @NaNoWriMo so much and will probably always participate is because of its insistence that everyone’s story matters.
— Amy Fahrer (@nanobite1667) September 18, 2015
“[NaNoWriMo] helped me to find my voice again, gave me back the joy of writing and showed me that I could persevere and be a writer.”
— Jennifer Wilde, December 10, 2015
“My eyes were opened as I saw students who had previously struggled to write a paragraph effortlessly filling pages and pages of a first draft. It also unlocked writing in other classes across the curriculum… It was revolutionary! The doors had been opened, and my students suddenly believed that they could write.”
— Nate Fleming, May 9, 2016
“That’s the process I’ve seen during our write-ins and get-togethers: questioning our characters, plot, theme, and the quality of our own writing… Writing with others in my city has taught me to risk it all, work hard, and grow a thicker skin.”
— Quidec Pacheco, September 26, 2016
Share Your Story!
Did writing your novel get you through dark days? Did you meet your true love at a write-in? Did you just have a regular, straight-up blast writing this November?