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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Media & Communications

Mission: The Office of Letters and Light organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.

Programs: National Novel Writing Month, Script Frenzy, the Young Writers Program

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2529 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization encourages me and hundreds of thousands of others all over the world to follow our dreams of writing a novel, being the writer we always felt was inside us. Writing takes commitment, courage, and inspiration. All of us dedicate a month to put the novel as a top priority. That is pretty amazing how many finish! It changes something inside of all of us. Our stories go on to effect others that read the stories. It isn't your ordinary non-profit. They are encouraging a movement and inspiring people to follow their dreams!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Your option in the' role category', doesn't allow one to put in more than one choice. The Office of Letters and Light is like a breath of morning sunshine. It not only is helping those that have an interest in writing, but challenging them to write better than they ever have in their life. I had this opportunity. I've always loved writing, but I was missing a piece of the puzzle, but joining a contest to make you totally focus on the writing You don't return to it for six weeks to edit. The time away breathes new life in your story and opens it up in ways you didn't know existed. It makes a difference in the story's cohesiveness.You fall in love with the idea of your story all over again. You fall in love with your characters. What a thrill to be sharing the same experience with writers locally and around the world that are trying to accomplish the same thing. To write a novel that opens us up to new friends and their experiences is a joy and a privilege. Additionally, I was so pleased with my support and the quality of my work, I wanted to be supportive so I donated money as well. I would have further been involved in their book program, but I had just given about 1000 books to a local library. I think that program is great too. Then they have the Script Writing Frenzy for April. What fun. You know all the stuff they do for the adults, is also done for the schools. To get kids involved in using their imaginations and putting things aside simply create. What a wonderful experience for them, Great authors will come out of these moments with them million dollar sales in books, and new quotes and philosphies will come about . Words that may carry on with new meanings and moments of hope to get us through the darkness and back into the light. That's what it means to be a part of this organization. I stand proud like the others, that i'm making a difference on a most general and primal need for mankind to read. Reading is power and it is knowledge and once you've began reading, you never go back to not reading. You do it for life. That is the type of enthusiasm we are trying to stir up into today's youth.

Review from Guidestar

dk0805

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NaNoWriMo and the Young Writers Program of NaNoWriMo made a huge difference in my teaching junior high students. We all became authors. They became leaders to their peers, younger students in our system, and even to parents, who were surprised and delighted their children wrote novels. The staff is warm, friendly, helpful, personable, and make one feel a part of the organization. The Office of Letters and Light is one of my favorite nonprofits.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Office of Letters and Light is a great nonprofit. My experience and the experiences of my students was second to none. NaNoWriMo and the Young Writers Program of NaNoWriMo offer resources, helplines, and encouragement for growing in literacy. The new director of YWP, Tim Kim, is awesome. He and Chris Angotti are so helpful and led my 8th graders to engage in literacy for the whole month, loving every minute of it. The Office of Letters and Light is still influencing us, as this month we are editing our novels. Next we will get a free copy because of a donation from CreateSpace.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Office of letters and light is a great charity that runs a few great programs for writers including NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo. These events help people from all around the world write a novel in a month. This charity has really helped me personally will writing and has me waiting till their next event because I can't wait to join in. The really nice thing about the OLL is all of their programs are free.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Office of letters and light is one of my favorite charities. It allows kids and adults alike to find there inner novelist and we a novel. With the traditional NaNoWriMo in November and 2 other sessions in the summer.

1 Ginny K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization's encouragement of writing - including thinking about, planning and discussing writing - has helped me concentrate on my writing goals. I have also seen the results of its Young Writers program in schools, helping children realize the fun and satisfaction of writing even when it requires work. I have passed on news of its NANOWRIMO annual event to many of my friends and even to people I have just met who show any interest in writing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Office of Letters and Light not only encourages people of all ages to write but also to improve their writing and make use of their creativity. I have personally been able to watch the growth of the organization's work from my first sign-up several years ago to my daughter's participation this year. She not only worked on her own writing, but also, as a student teacher, led third and fourth graders on their adventures into writing. An organization that can excite three generations is definitely one to keep around!

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Roshannah

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at OLL are all incredible at motivating and keeping us writers going throughout the year. They work tirelessly to develop the support they offer and have the highest intentions for everyone involved. The Young Writers Program benefits hugely from everyone's efforts and it feels so good to be a part of it all. I love sharing with other local writers about the benefits of signing up with Nanowrimo and seeing them blossom.
I cannot recommend highly enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Nanowrimo was one of those serendipitous finds that can happen when surfing the net. I cannot remember how I got there, but I do remember the date - 1st October 2010! As I made my way around the site, I recall thinking, why did I not know of its existence before? I signed up immediately and haven't looked back since. Whether you are new to writing, or wanting inspiration to practice your art, Nanowrimo fits the bill. The fact that it not only supports aspiring writers but also provides support through the Young Writers Program means that you get to give something back too. The website is extremely well thought out and enables you to feel part of the larger (international) writing community. There are forums and a great buddy system too, all geared to supporting, you the writer. I found the stats particularly motivating as they give you visual feedback on how you are going in relation to the 50,000 word challenge. I was a first time winner and committed to signing up each year from now on - can't imagine a November without it. Have also signed up for Script Frenzy in April. Can't wait!

Review from Guidestar

Leann F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have told so many people about NaNoWriMo. I love the atmosphere and support they give to writers. The groups that get together locally are always fun, and it is great to be able to dedicate time to a novel.

Muriel M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Some years ago someone suggested I needed to 'exercise my creative muscle' and that I should do so by trying NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month. The idea is, for adults, to write 50k words of a novel during November, but there is also an excellent Young Writers' Programme which stimulates and encourages youngsters to set and achieve their own writing goals. All of this is managed on voluntary donations and such fundraising as can be achieved.

The Office of Letters and Light is always supportive and helpful and finds time to answer the most trivial enquiries with courtesy and genuine friendliness, which makes a huge difference to hopeful writers who may be in any form of difficulty.

They deserve any assistance they can get, and in particular help from you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a child and in my teens and 20s I loved to write, but when my children came along my creativity was channelled into other directions. Close on 7 years ago somebody who had known me then asked me what I was writing and when I laughed it off she suggested I needed to 'exercise my creative muscle'. In other words I needed to get back into the habit of writing and she suggested that NaNoWriMo would help me get back into the swing. Since then I have become involved and really enjoyed the experience. The people at OLL are totally supportive of everyone with whom they come in contact and are always ready, willing and able to give their help to all and sundry. I have seen people of every age from 7 to 70+ blossom as they participated, and in my region we have a range of nationalities who all get together and get along splendidly. I cannot perceive of November without NaNo!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The young writer's program brought about by NaNoWriMo is an amazing opportunity for teens and young adults interested in writing. By writing 50,000 word goals It makes the writer realize what deadlines (And coffee) are all about. My first official year with the orginization was this year. But I only just recently discovered this jewel of a writing program! It's amazing the work that Angotti and his band of merry writers are capable of!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with OLL is all through their National Novel Writing Month program, Nanowrimo.org. If it weren't for Nanowrimo I would hardly be writing now! Nano gave me a kickstart into imagination and brilliance again, and led me to another amazing website for young writers. Because of a Nano, I am going far over and up from everything I imagined. I am in love with writing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo), which is the child program of the Office of Letters and Light, helped me write a novel. This is the only way I ever would have done so. The forums were friendly and well-moderated; the staff was amazing. I have no complaints about the system. If it wasn't for the Office of Letters and Light, I would not have begun a novel, I would not have met many interesting people, and I would have missed out on a great opportunity.

Review from Guidestar