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Review for The Office of Letters and Light, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The programs that OLL runs (NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo and previously Script Frenzy) are so amazing. Not only do they encourage creativity and productivity, I have also made great friends in other participants, improved my writing skills, and become more confident in my abilities. As a senior in high school, that's greatly helpful. This year will be my third year participating, and I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to do it once more. I have learned so much both about writing and about people (characters must be believable, so a writer must know about people) from NaNoWriMo and the other writing projects. Thank you OLL! I'll be around for many years to come.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Client Served

Review for The Office of Letters and Light, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Writing a novel. How many people would love to do this, but think "I can't" or "I don't have time"? I know I was one of these people before I discovered NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a 50,000 word book during November. I wrote a book. How many people can say that? Even fewer of those people can say they wrote a novel in a mere 30 days.

I used to think I couldn't write, or write well. I thought I was just bad at writing, and I'd never be a stellar writer. Certainly not good enough to churn out an entire novel. But during November, guess what I did? I churned out that novel. While it may not be destined for the best seller list, that book brought out more skills and hidden aspects of me than I ever could have imagined. Throughout the 50k, my writing steadily improved (the last 25k is much better than the first 25k). But not only did NaNoWriMo help my writing, it also showed me myself. Through my characters, I learned about my own character, since every character in my novel is the embodiment of some part of me.

NaNoWriMo gave me experience, skills, and most of all, encouragement and confidence. I doubt I would have ever had the courage to actually go through with an idea and write a novel without NaNoWriMo and the Office of Letters and Light. This program is incredible, and I hope it continues for many more years.

Role:  Client Served & Participated in NaNoWriMo.