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Julia Crouch

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

Rating: 5 stars  

I have completed Office of Letters and Light's National Novel Writing Month twice. It is a free, international programme where participants write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November, with internet support through their fantastic website, and on-the-ground local groups. All sorts of people of all ages and backgrounds realise their writing dreams through NaNoWriMo, and I am no exception.

After a year's revision, My second NaNovel, CUCKOO, landed me a top agent and a three book deal with the major UK publisher, Headline. I have since landed similar deals in several European countries. I am now a full-time writer.

Before NaNoWriMo, I would never have had the confidence in my ability to write a full novel. This programme really works, and the literacy and creative writing work with youth that goes on throughout the year, partly funded by donations from grateful NaNoWriMo participants like myself, is another important arm of the OLL's work. \

They are a great, supportive, approachable and empowering organisation, and their work impacts on hundreds of thousands of people both locally and globally every year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I now make a living doing the thing I love best. NaNoWriMo completely changed my life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it the biggest server in the world so that when everyone logs on on the 1 November, their brilliant website can cope.

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


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


How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through the tutor on my Open University Creative Writing Course in the UK

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I used to be a website designer. My kids are at an age when they are leaving home, and I was beginning to experience empty nest worries. I now have a new career as a fiction writer, and I have everything to look forward to.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Client Served & I participated in their NaNoWriMo programme and, thanks to that, am now a full time published writer.