Community Outreach Guide

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a nonprofit event that encourages kids and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel in November. Launched in 1999, NaNoWriMo inspires its 300,000+ participants with pep talks, a huge and supportive online community, and a host of web-based writing tools.

The Young Writers Program (YWP) offers an educator-friendly version of NaNoWriMo for kids and teens. Tens of thousands of students and educators participate on our website, from more than 2,000 classrooms around the world.

Additionally, volunteers called Municipal Liaisons (MLs) in more than 600 regions organize local writing events and get-togethers that transform novel-writing into an achievable and fun community endeavor.

Our local groups are always on the lookout for places to gather and write. While cafés can be crowded and expensive, and homes can rarely accommodate large writing groups, community spaces—such as libraries, bookstores, and community centers—can provide the perfect hub for these grassroots writer communities. Community spaces that have opened their doors to NaNoWriMo groups in the past have seen some wonderful and unexpected results.

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