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.

To see what time an event starts in your time zone, click into the event, then click “copy to my calendar”. 


NaNoWriMo Events

The Book Doctors logoPitchapalooza 2019

Submissions accepted February 1—February 28, 2019

Submit a 250-word pitch of your book for the chance to win an introduction to an agent or publisher! Seasoned editors Arielle Eckstut and David Sterry (a.k.a. The Book Doctors) team up with two guest industry insiders to form the judging panel for this annual contest. Whether potential authors pitch themselves, or simply listen to trained professionals critique each presentation, Pitchapaloozas are educational and entertaining for one and all. All attendees come away with concrete advice on how to improve their pitch as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry.

Submissions will be accepted from February 1, 2019—February 28, 2019. The winner will be announced in a live webcast on March 16, 2019. Fan favorite voting closes April 1, and the fan favorite will be announced April 2.

Learn more about Pitchapalooza.

Watch the webcast on March 16, 2019.

New Leaf Literary logoTweet Chat: #CampNaNoPrep with NaNoWriMo HQ

Wednesday, March 20, 12 PM PST

Description:Is this your first time participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? Are you an old hand wanting to pass on your wisdom? Looking for folks to join your cabin—or have questions about how Camp cabins work? Join NaNo HQ for a free-wheeling conversation about Camp NaNoWriMo, from goal setting to non-novel writing projects to how to escape from bears (probably).

Join by using the #CampNaNoPrep hashtag.

Follow NaNoWriMo on Twitter.

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!

OhSheReads, NaNoWriMo YouTube GuideBookishpixie, NaNoWriMo YouTube Guide
Rachael Stephen, NaNoWriMo YouTube GuideKristina Horner, NaNoWriMo YouTube GuideWordNerds, NaNoWriMo YouTube Guide

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.