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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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2531 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

National Novel Writing Month, one of the events run by the Office of Letters and Lights, has been instrumental in keeping me in love with the written word and with the act of writing fiction. Without the encouragement, community and, let's face it, crazy deadline pressure of NaNoWriMo, there would be 10 fewer works in my "finished" folder. I hope the Office will be alive and thriving for many years to come, spreading its sheer creative joy around the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had never heard of this before 2008, and I tried to create my novel both that year and the year after, but they failed. Well, not failed. I learned a lot about writing and it was fun because of the guys at NaNoWriMo, and they even helped spur me along and helped me win it this year! It's amazing, and I love them so much. Thanks guys, for everything!

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Tremaine R.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I had friends who spoke about NaNoWriMo for years before I got into it. As an amateur writer with seven unfinished novels floating around in my head, the concept of "30-days and nights of literary abandon" intrigued me like nothing else. However, when I first heard of it, 50,000 words was a tad too daunting for me to handle. But last year, I took the time to sign up, read, and poke around the sight. Right away other Wrimos welcomed me into their crazy world, and helped me gain the confidence to get started. Though i fretted and worried and pulled out nearly all my hair, (not really) I managed to win NaNoWriMo on my first try. It was amazing! I've never felt more fulfilled in anything else in my entire life!I hadn't told anyone I was doing NaNoWriMo, but after I had won and it was over I was so excited I went and told everyone I knew. Most people were like me, and couldn't grasp the concept of 50,000 words in 30 days, but most were supportive. I've since begun to edit my NaNoWriMo novel, and I'm filled with renewed vigor for all of my other ones. I have way more confidence as a writer now, something a paid-for instructor based writing course hasn't even been able to do. I can't thank the Office of Letters and Light enough!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visit nanowrimo.org and its affiliates every year, and I especially enjoy what they do for the people taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). They always have new information about the program, and they always keep us Wrimos entertained and focused (even when we don't want to be!). I try to donate a little something to them every year, even if it's just buying a sticker or two, but I have no complaints whatsoever about the Office of Letters and Light. I donated a power strip to them last year for the Night of Writing Dangerously - even though I was stuck in Oregon for school and couldn't attend - and for some reason, Amazon.com didn't accept my buy for them because they thought it was a glitch. I was personally notified by Lindsey Grant through e-mail that my order wasn't accepted so that I could order another power strip from Amazon for them. I felt honored to be thanked personally by a member of the Office. The Office of Letters and Light keeps me coming back every single year for NaNoWriMo, and I have brought a few people back with me every year who have stayed with it! Thanks OLL!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter read an article on NaNoWriMo in the local newspaper, showed it to me, and said, " You can do this, Mom". After reading everything I could on the web site they listed, I signed up. I wrote about my sister's journey with cancer, and how much good it had done me to write that story. The encouragement they offered during the contest, along with the helpfull tips was fantastic. What a great organization this is. Helping both seasoned writers and newcomers, along with our youth. My hat if off to all of you at The Office of Letters and Light. And thanks to you all for a great experiance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A friend had given me the book "No Plot? No Problem" and I found it motivating and on a good day fun. When I learned of NaNoWriMo I had to join to see if I could live up to the committment I was making. It's inspiring to know that I am capable of writing that much when pushed. This is a great service and I think any site that can get people en masse to write in such quantities is amazing.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The Office of Letters and Light have done a tremendous service to writers, both adult and youth, everywhere. I have been a NaNo WriMo participant and advisor for my high school creative writing class for the last 3 years. Every year The Office of Letters and Light find new and exciting ways to help people get excited about reading and writing. From contests to organizing group writing sessions, they have managed to make something as difficult as writing a novel, exciting! Because of their work and effort put into the Young Writers Program and NaNo WriMo, I can boast about the hard work of novel writing that goes on in my classroom every November. They help me build people in a way that is far reaching and long lasting.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The OLL has allowed me an outlet for my creativity and a way to share it with others without feeling like I'll be judged. I've participated in the NaNoWriMo for the past two Novembers. It's a great event to bring writers together to let their ideas flow. The stories I've written because of their program have helped me realize the statuses of my own relationships with my friends and family. Thank you, OLL.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I actually had no interest in writing a novel. But She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed (my 22 year old daughter) "encouraged" me and I did it. Are those 50,000 plus words worth reading who knows but I did it and I plan on trying to do it again in November 2011.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time this November. When I first heard about the challenge, I was pretty impressed that people actually were capable of writing a 50,000 word novel in one month. Although I had tried to write (several) novels on my own before, I’d never gotten further than the first 20,000 words due to a lack of motivation. That’s precisely the problem NaNoWriMo solves. And what runs NaNoWriMo? The Office of Letters and Light. I was very impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm staff and volunteers showed. The positive atmosphere drove me on to finish my novel, and I’ll definitely be coming back for NaNo next year.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with The Office of Letters and Light has been nothing but a positive one. I came across this organization through a little something called National Novel Writing Month. I had never even heard of it and once I found out what it was all about, I was not only intrigued but completely and overwhelmingly excited and determined to get involved. Basically it was a marathon for writers; how could I NOT want to get involved?! As a person who is just now publishing my very first novel, I know first hand how incredibly difficult it is to not only find time to write here and there, but to finish an entire novel. NaNoWriMo gives people like me the opportunity and support that might just mean the difference between another half finished manuscript packed away in a box, and a nice, crisp new book on the shelf in Barnes And Nobles waiting to be read by a potential new fan. I feel that the OLL has given hundreds of thousands (if not more) of talented people dying to be authors the chance to make these seemingly frivolous dreams a potential amazing reality.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The number one thing I feel needs to be shared about my feeling towards the Office of Letters and Light is about gratitude. OLL not only provides a much needed service in the realm of global literacy, but it gave me the opportunity to pursue personal goals and dreams by creating National Novel Writing Month, amongst other programs. Without OLL and NaNoWriMo, I would still be a person that "wished" she was a writer. After being a part of the OLL and the NaNoWriMo community at large even in a minute capacity, I AM a writer, and it means everything. It means anything and everything is possible with the right support around you. I don't think anything can top that.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a first time participant in NaNoWriMo I wasn't sure what to expect, but The Office of Letters and Light provided a great website with many helpful resources for the first time NaNo-er. It was comforting to know that I was not the only person who'd run into the "2nd Week Wall" or that there was a "Shovel of Death" just waiting to be used. They made it easy to keep track of your progress and the pep talks are just the thing for a person who might have written themselves into a corner. I was able to set a goal and push myself to meet it - something that might not have happened if I was left to my own devices. I can't wait for next year.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I took the plunge and signed up to write 50,000 words in 30 days - madness. But, the support and friendship I got during the month of November was fantastic and I achieved my goal (and some!) and I am now so proud of myself even though I am into my second half of my century!
Just brilliant and I think this will be the one act that improves my life. Thank you so much guys and gals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time in November. The site was a great source of support for my writing, and it helped me get my friends and family excited about their own writing too. I had a wonderful experience and I was able to finish my novel!

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Tracey W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have always loved to write, but had set it aside and forgotten about it. Then I heard about NaNoWriMo and the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in one month. It completely rekindled my love of writing and I can't wait to participate again this year! Office of Letters and Light has done a wonderful job!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came across the Office of Letters and Light when some online friends took up November's National Novel Writing Challenge ... they'd been doing it for a couple of years. A pair of rivals (who were actually mother and 15-year-old-daughter) set up a word war, and it was rivetting - who knew novelling could be a spectator sport? Their efforts sparked creativity in the onlookers, and several of us have gone on to join in the madness. Since then, as a participant, a donor and an education worker, I've become more and more aware of how much OLL programs are doing to foster a love of writing in every age group, from primary school children to first-time novellists in their 60s. OLL go from strength to strength, improving and expanding services to literacy and literature with an efficiency and zest that keeps pace with rapidly rising levels of (now international) participation.

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Kim K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OLL has done a great job of getting people excited about writing. I not only appreciate the opportunity to flex my own literary muscles, I especially love the outreach they've done through the youth writers' program and passion in promoting literacy. It's a low maintenance organization that packs a lot of punch. I've completed one novel and hit the 50k mark of my second. I also received an artist's grant to continue developing my skills, and I credit the Nanowrimo experience for this growth.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about The Office of Letters and Light when I participated in my first National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2007. Through that experience I not only rediscovered a long-dormant passion for writing, but also gained a wonderful circle of intelligent, caring friends who I remain very close to (one of whom I'm planning to marry next year). I would highly recommend NaNoWriMo for any fan of the written word, and I'm eternally grateful to The Office of Letters and Light for creating and continuing to further such an incredibly grueling (50,000 words in a month is no picnic) but incredibly rewarding experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NaNoWriMo is the best thing that has happened to me in a very long time. The people are awesome and inspiring. The whole idea is raw and beautiful. I plan to do this every November for the rest of my years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a first-time participant in national Novel Writing Month I was incredibly impressed by the NaNoWriMo support efforts. Focused, on-target and practical. They get folks up and writing, and that's a good thing. We wouldn't want to run out of novels, would we?

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard about NaNoWriMo by Office of Letters and Light several years ago but never participated, life was always too busy with other things and I put it off “until later.”
Last November seemed no different, in fact far worse; my family had taken the plunge to leave traditional housing and was in the middle of remodeling a former barn/shed into a home. We had electricity, a flushing toilet, and one sink with running water – cold, but running. At least we had internet! It was hardly the best of times to tackle a writing project. And yet, it gave me an opportunity to step away from it all, write a story that I didn’t think had fifty thousand words in it, yet has continued to turn in my mind for several years.
NaNoWriMo gave me the motivation I needed “to just do it.” I didn’t get involved in all the writers resources and chat rooms, but being slightly competitive, I did check the word count for my group.  The word count is what kept me on track, motivated to finish.
I think this is an amazing opportunity each year for people to express their creativity, to keep each other motivated. I think it is common for people to want to write, but put it off until l a more convenient time. NaNoWriMo gives them an immediate goal, an urgency, and the community spirit encourages each to press on and finish!

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Jen S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this organization. 2010 marked my fourth year participating in National Novel Writing Month, and I had a blast. Thanks to the services the Office of Letters and Light provide I had the support of my community as well as friends I have made on other writing sites. Every year I've done this, I have written more than 50,000 words in the month of November. My daughter, who in my first year, 2007, said to me, "Mom, you just have to realize that I am not a writer." This last year, 2010, with no badgering from me, she asked me if she could try it. She was 12 at the time and participated in the Young Writer's Program. Her word count goal was 5000, and yes, she made it. I have bought merchandise through the store and have been satisfied with it, and I have donated to this organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is the sixth year I have participated in the NaNoWriMo challenge.
I donate in November and throughout the year.
The challenge itself is fun, but the underlying drive: for literacy and excitement to read and write is incredibly important.

I especially appreciate the chance to widen my creative community - both in my community face-to-face and nationally/internationally online.
I have met many people who I would call friends due to our mutual particiaption facilitated by the Office of Letters and Light.

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Kimberly F

Client Served

Rating: 5

NANOWRIMO is an inspiring initiative. This was my first year participating and I had an incredible experience. I have wanted to write a book for several years, and thanks to NANOWRIMO and The Office of Letters and Light, I have written over 52,000 words of my first draft and have been encouraged not only to edit my first project, but to continue writing additional stories, articles and blogs. This project has truly impacted my creative and professional lives in a profoundly positive way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Nanowrimo was the most intense activity in writing that I've ever done. It showed me that I can do anything I put my mind to, especially writing. I have been encouraged and inspired to push forward and continue writing. Thanks so much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This Charity encouraged me to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. This was something I had never done before and has opened a second career for me. Without their support my book would be much farther from publishing than it is now. I think they do excellent work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first year taking part in NaNWriMo and i would never have believed I could really write a novel - but with the challenge in place and the endless help on the forums (and the great pep talks from authors) I did it. This is one of the proudest achievements of my lfie and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

2010 was the fifth time that I have participated in the National Novel Writing Month, which is sponsored by the Office Of Letters And Lights. I am a freelance journalist, who is a frustrated novelist.
However, working feverishly on the novel in 30 days concept, I find that it has helped me organize the articles which I have been assigned for pay. I no longer grown when an editor wants something of about 2,000 words -- since that is less than two days' work during November.
I am also impressed that the organization has such a heavy emphasis on classroom writing -- many schools participate and OLL even has workbooks and lesson plans. But even those whose teachers have not see the (Office Of Letters And) Light, can particpate in the Young Writers' Program.
My nine-year-old grandson participated for the first time and is very proud of his winner's certificate. Although he wrote with me during the past year, he plans to write his second work with his father in 2011.
There is even a good chance that his mother will also participate.
Every year has been an experience that I have enjoyed and one of my novels (from 2009) is just about ready to be sent to an agent.
Also, my grandson and I are working on a novel together which we hope to finish and submit by June.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first experience with OLL was through my participation in NaNoWriMo in 2010. Thanks to OLL's advice, guidance, and the amazing roster of writing mentors that they lined up, I'm proud to say that I completed my first novel. It's an incredible organization, dedicated to promoting literacy and creative writing everywhere and for everyone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nanowrimo helped me challenge myself and stretch my writing skills. The community and support allowed me to reach my goal and accomplish something - writing 50k words - that I would never be able to do by myself.

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Trevor G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was first introduced to OLL through their Nanowrimo event in November of 2010. I was a participant in 2011 and though i had a hard time going to events, i appreciate the opportunities that were within arms reach.

At the time of signing up in October last year to participate, i wasn't aware that OLL worked to provide a growing forum for young writers to flex their minds early, but now that i know, i have an even larger amount of respect for the minds behind the Organization in Berkley.

I fully intend on doing Nanowrimo again this year and hopefully this time i'll get to enjoy all of the various trimming that go along with the encouraging emails and virtual camaraderie.

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Katie M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took part in NaNoWriMo for the first time last year - the benefits are incredible. I completed the first draft of a new novel, made friends and learnt a lot about my own writing processes.

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Dione B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got into writing when I was about ten years old, and spent a lot of my free time in the 14 years since developing my skills with little feedback from anyone else, and with no real motivation. I could go for months without writing something, and then go into a huge frenzy as an idea struck me.

NaNoWriMo's month of writing helps to give focus to my writing, keeping me on track for real success at least one month out of every year. The Young Writer's program provides a digital space for the 17-and-under crowd, and also bring NaNo into classrooms, encouraging students who might never write a word outside of class to get their ideas down, speaking a new generation of novel geniuses!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2010, I participated in NaNoWriMo sponsered by the Office of Letters and Light. It was one of the best experiences of my life so far, and a milestone. With the help and encouragment of NaNoWriMo, I was able to start and finish my very first rough draft of what I hope will one day be my very first published novel. Even if the novel never sees the light of day, I don't care, because I loved every frantic minute of writing it. NaNoWriMo helped me learn how to be a better writer and even taught me more about myself as a person. Every aspiring writer should give this amazing program a try. The Office of Letters and Light is very encouraging and inspirational to all writers, amateurs and established alike.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NaNoWriMo is an inspiring and enlightening organization. I cannot begin to explain just how huge this event is for me and my family each year. I joined NaNoWriMo in 2009 and completed my first novel alongside many brilliant writers all over the world. Crossing the finish line is something young and old people alike get to experience. If it wasn't for this wonderful organization, I would have never truly known my full potential! I now participate every year religiously and write on a daily biases. The process itself is therapeutic. Thank You!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter invited me to participate in NaNoWriMo for the first time two years ago. Who would have thought a 60 year old man would have a novel inside waiting to be written? I haven't had this much fun in years! I can hardly wait for November to come to write again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've participated twice in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) program sponsored by the Office of Letters and Light (OLL). Because of OLL's clear mission, organization, help and encouragement, I was able to complete two 50,000+ word novels in 2008 and 2010. OLL's ongoing help for writers world-wide aids and inspires all of us writers to do more with our individually unique voices. And OLL helps us 365 days out of the year with its volunteers, established authors and full-time workers!
OLL deserves more grants, monetary prizes and donations for all the tremendous work it does for writers. It is a constantly improving organization that provides unique and valuable assistance to writers of all ages and backgrounds!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The thing that impressed me most as I learned more about the Office of Letters and Lights is how far the organization has expanded and how many projects is has developed in such a short amount of time. I participated in National Novel Writing Month last year, and enjoyed the community created by OLL, but what really stands out to me are the reports coming in from screenwriters and kids in the classroom, from professional authors and enthusiastic fans, all of whom find an OLL program that supports their needs. So many people are encouraged to write and to find their voices! The OLL deserves all the praise it gets and more.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I look forward to OLL's NaNoWriMo each year. They offer support, motivation, encouragement and levity into the too-often solitary, insecurity-ridden process of writing. I credit OLL with turning me into a bonafine writer, with two novels to my credit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

i joined NaNoWriMo, organised by OLL, 3 years ago & have been loving every minute of it. Through NaNo, i have not only fulfilled my own desire & an outlet to write but have also found a community of writers who have since banded together to support each other in our writing journey by forming our own writers group. Without OLL, i would still be just thinking of writing instead of actually WRITING! Now i not only write but i have a group with whom i can bounce off ideas & get support from.
i enjoyed NaNoWriMo so much that i joined Script Frenzy too! Though less people take part in this, it is still a wonderful experience & this year Script Frenzy promises to be bigger & more fun as well.
i'm so keen on these events organised by OLL that i'm constantly trying to persuade family members & friends to join me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NaNoWriMo has become my biggest event of the year. It gave me a chance to find my passion for writing and belong to a community of people that all feel the same way. The daily encouragement from the staff combined with the pep talks from respected writers helped me do the impossible – write a fifty thousand word novel in a month. This year, I also introduced my preteen sister to the Young Writers Program. She spent more time writing and thinking about writing this past November than she probably has for the past five years. That has inspired me to help bring NaNo and YWP to my town through the library and the school. I recommend this program to everyone I know all year long.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the sense of community that NaNoWriMo fosters overall. I have participated for three years and been delighted to see the continuous evolution of the organization. I also love their children's version of NaNo because all the goodies we grownups get are available in kid-size portions for young writers.

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Vjera M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OLL is a fantastic, inspiring organisation that has helped many thousands of people from around the world to achieve their creative goals in a fun environment. For free! It has helped me overcome my inhibitions write half of my first novel. Their programmes for children encourage creativity from an early age. May they keep it up for years to come.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The only time I write is for the National Novel writing Month, because, I only have one month to complete the novel I find that I am able to just write and not worry about what others may or may not think. I have completed two 50,000 in years in the last two years. Thanks to NaNoWriMO Helen D.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2010 I participated in the NaNoQriMo's Writing event. I had heard about it from a county worker who worked across the hall. At the time I had written a book and it was about to be published however, that year my mom passed and I was left with a lot of stacked greif as a result of her passing. I had stopped working on the final touches with the publisher because I couldn't function. I was just gutted and although I am a writer by nature I couldn't really write.

The idea that I could write anything for 50,000 words seemed therapeutic so I signed up. I started writing and posting tidbits on my facebook page and the positive feed back there and through the encouragement from volunteers kept me going. Then my literary agent said, "Well, if this is a clean romance I might be able to pitch it for you." I could feel myself coming back and it really lit a fire under me. I was held accountable by a non-threatening nudge every day.
I think the nudge is just what I needed.

Now, not only am I writing again, but the book I had been working on is published and I am still writing on the project started at this event. I think that the event was envaluable to me as a healing tool and perhaps valuable in monitary terms if I do manage to sell the story I began here.

I have scanned youtube and I find countless stories from young adults and first time and seasoned writers as they relate what they go through as they participate and share their tricks and perils along the way. The excitement in the faces of the participants was amazing and their stories mirrored my own journey. I think this is a wonderful gift and I recommend the activity to anyone. My daughter will participate with me this year.
The tracking tools were wonderful by the way.
Thank you so much,
Toni K. Cyan-Brock

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is dedicated to bringing creative options to the public. As a high school teacher I use their complete line of FREE resources every year in my classroom. OLL provides invaluable information to teachers through its Young Writers Program.

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Bryan J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Participating in the NaNoWriMo challenge was an amazing confidence builder. I was surprised and pleased how much the website and local programs helped. Office of Letters and Light accomplishes so much through a network of volunteers. I will definitely participate next year. In fact, some of us continue writing together after the challenge.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a participant in National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, on and off for several years and have donated money twice. Twice I have completed the challenge and written 50,000 words of a novel during November.

They have a very helpful website on which you can track your progress and remaining word count. They have a vast and active online community. I have used their forum to ask a research question and received several very helpful responses.

During the month NaNo emails encouraging and helpful missives to participants. They also have local and regional organizations that coordinate write-ins and parties.

NaNo is a part of the Office of Letters and Light. OLL is a terrific organization that helps people, young and old, achieve their dream of writing a novel or screenplay.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I took part in the 2010 National Novel Writing Month and can't say enough how meaningful the experience was. I was supremely impressed with The Office of Letters and Light's organization, clear mission, and thorough execution of their unique program. The NaNoWriMo program is clearly growing from year to year and has a very efficient sustainable structure made up of a network of faithful volunteers, established authors and full-time workers. I am so proud to be a NaNoWriMo 50,000 word "winner," and that is not just because I met my goal, but because I know I was involved in a profound something so much larger than my own potential. This non-profit organization stands for the immeasurable value of the written word and the unique voice in everyone. Their support doesn't end December 1st; rather, they are committed to this vision all year round. The Office of Letters and Light should be applauded for their positive influence in the world, and for empowering their participants to propagate their good work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard about The Office of Letters and Light through the National Novel Writing Month they manage every year. The amount I learned about myself and writing through that one event was astounding. I'm participating in the editing event in March as well and fully expect to continue learning and growing as a result. I've also recommended several of their services and events to people I know, and they have continued recommending it to people they know, all because they provide such an unusual and fabulous set of services and events.
If I were to change anything about this organization I would honestly want them to be able to provide more services. What they already do is a powerful indicator of their potential, and increasing literacy and appreciation of literature is something I can totally get behind.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OLL's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is tremendously fun and tremendously useful. From the local volunteers who organize events, contests, and minigames to keep energy high and words coming to the OLL staff who offers advice, anecdotes, and inspiration, my experience with NaNoWriMo has been wholly pleasant, and it has helped me learn about writing in general and get writing done that otherwise I would never get around to doing.

The OLL staff goes above-and-beyond with their online services, including seeking out helpful words of wisdom from professional novelists, providing very fast response times to technical questions (especially at crunch-time at the end of the month), and maintaining resources and forums year-round for planning and for follow-up. They also maintain a suggestion forum and regularly implement suggestions from their clients to improve the website, forums, and processes.

The Office of Letters and Light provides a great service to aspiring writers of all ages.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been aware of the NaNoWriMo project run by the office of letters and light for several years now, however I had never thought that I would be able to write 50,000 words in a month. For the first couple of years I was right. The first year I barely broke 30,000. The following year I made it to 46,000 before I was hit by writers block. This year, I proved myself wrong. Through the support and encouragement of several (hundred) other NaNos, I finally did it. I wrote a novel in a month. It is nowhere near done, and in fact the story is only half done, but still. I did the impossible. I wrote 52,000 words in a month thanks to the program run by the Office of Letters and Light.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the Office of Letters and Light's annual competition NaNoWriMo, and I have never had so much fun. It was challenging, stimulating, and so difficult, but at the same time it was one of the best experiences of my life. The staff were supportive and encouraging through their many e-mails and the awesome website--their keeping track of my word count actually gave me the determination to keep going and finish my 50,000 words. I have recommended NaNoWriMo to several friends, and I plan on participating next year and probably the year after, and probably the next one until I physically can't anymore. I can't thank the Office of Letters and Light enough for giving me and the thousands of nerds like me this opportunity to share our creativity with the internet.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This past year was my first experience with the Office of Letters and Light's NaNoWriMo program. The program not only supported me on my journey to finishing my novel with peptalks from well-respected authors and their online community, but it facilitated involvement from local NaNoWriMo members. They also encouraged support with their other programs, Young Writers and ScriptFrenzy. I had an extremely positive experience and I hope they continue to promote writing and literacy for years to come

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A participant of National Novel Writing Month for four years and a "winner" ever year, I specifically attribute a large portion of my achievement to this organization. Without the motivation to complete artistic goals, inspiration provided on a daily basis during the process, direct connection with others striving to achieve the same goal, and a constant update on everyone's success, I know I would not have been able to complete the task I had set for myself each year. And, with the assistance of The Office of Light and Letters, I have been able to self-publish two of my works and obtain proof copies of my other novels for the purposes of editing to be published in the future. Not only has the team at the Office of Light and Letters provided me an outlet and a support system for my work, they have also allowed me to become a writer.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Office of Letters and Light since 2004, specifically in their NaNoWriMo program. This is an initiative that challenges aspiring writers to finally write that novel they have always been talking about and helps them along the way by providing community, support, and incentives. Thanks to NaNoWriMo, I was able to write and then publish a young adult novel. I am now a professional writer. My goal for my writing is to instill pride and self-esteem in LGBT teens, and to help put an end to homophobic bullying. OLL has been instrumental in helping me with these goals. NaNoWriMo is an extremely open and supportive program which promotes tolerance and diversity. In addition, OLL has in the past raised money to build libraries in Cambodia, and now runs a Young Writers Program. It's pretty obvious how a program iike that helps with literacy, self-esteem, and academic skills, right?

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had a book in my head for 20 years that I wanted to write, now and again I'd scribble notes and once I even wrote out a very breif outline of the story, beginning to end. I spent boring days thinking about my characters and who I based them on but nothing more came of it, until I heard about Nanowrimo. I sat on my laptop for the whole of November 2009 trying to get it all together. I would have given up after five days if it hadn't been for the encouragement that I received from this charity. They understand how you are feeling at certain times of the month and through the plot of your story, they make you realise that you can do this and that all the other thousands of people in the same situation around the world are also feeling just as stumped as you do at times. I know that book would never have been written without them nor the much more important book that I wrote in November 2010 that was a personal journey for myself as well as a story to tell the world. This will be published later on in the year. These people are an inspiration to young and old.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved NaNoWriMo. Not only was it an enjoyable experience with a great sense of accomplishment, it opened my eyes to what I could accomplish. I have started a new career and credit that mostly to my experience being a writer last November and the encouraging pep talks NaNoWriMo provided.

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MyAfter A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OLL's National Novel Writing Month is an incredible opportunity for anyone and everyone to exercise their brains and find a creative outlet as a writer. Your writing doesn't have to be great - it doesn't even have to be good. The point is just to get it out there, and with their constant encouragement, their writing tips, and the fact that this is a FREE program open to anyone who can access a computer, I was able to write my first complete story last year! This is a fantastic organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

National Novel Writing Month, Script Frenzy, and the Young Writers Program, under the organizational offices of “The Office of Letters and Light,” have influenced thousands of budding writers to become novelists and screenwriters. Their guiding light and inspiration is the basis for our next generation of bestselling authors and Oscar recipients.

The Office of Letters and Light are dream-makers…encouraging others to never abandon; their dreams, their hopes, their ambitions. The organization gives freely of their time and energy, as well as their hearts and souls to all who flock to their yearly writing events. They are the leaders of today; that inspire the hope of our collective creative futures.

Dee Marie
Author of the “Sons of Avalon” saga

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I wrote my buns off for NaNoWriMo this year, while pregnant and working f/t. It would be GREAT to see some cash incentives for writers. It costs more to have inmates in any US jail.

Where's the logic?

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've taken part in NaNoWriMo twice now. The first time I started late, thought I wouldn't finished, and actually completed the challenge a week early. The second time I wrote 193,000 words. NaNoWriMo, for me, was the first time I'd ever finished anything longer than about 1500 words. It was the first time I wrote anything novel-length, and the first time I tried writing something without a plot first. It was fun, it was exciting, everybody was lovely and I had a novel at the end. The second time, I went to a couple of write-ins and found them amazing. I loved the atmosphere. NaNo helped me write that first draft. Perhaps I would have done it eventually, but probably not at the age of 13.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My experience with OLL has solely been with NaNoWriMo, and in that sense meets my expectations: I was able to write a 50,000-word novel and submit it to them, a feat that I would never have done previously. The Office of Letters and Light also do many outreach programs and community contributions, which are also very difficult to do without the generous donations of NaNoWriMo's participants. In short, OLL is changing the world, one classroom at a time.