NaNoWriMo believes that:
Your story matters.
We are committed to a world that celebrates diverse voices, and encourages everyone to tell their stories.
In 2015, 926 volunteer Municipal Liaisons supported 431,626 participants on six continents.
You are capable of even more than you think.
We are committed to building writing confidence.
In a 2015 survey, 87% of respondents said that NaNoWriMo helped them learn what they can accomplish when determined.
In a 2013 independent study, 87% of student participants in our Young Writers Program said that it made them more confident writers.
— Ms. Mbeki (@bbn5M) November 26, 2015
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.
- NaNoWriMo’s 2015 Annual Report: Download as a PDF.
- 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?