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

Rating: 5 stars  

The Office of Letters and Light is a wonderful organization that supports one of my own personal missions in life: to encourage people to write-- to write often, to enjoy themselves, to create projects, to reach goals, and to develop creativity. I've participated in National Novel Writing Month-- NaNoWriMo-- five times, and each time, I've completed a novel. I've used this project to encourage friends, students, and colleagues to challenge themselves, and have always found my own personal participation highly rewarding. Now, I can call myself a novelist-- five times over!-- and can be proud that I don't just talk about writing, I WRITE! :)

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

A lot

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?

2011

Role:  Client Served
 

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

Rating: 5 stars  

As an English and creative writing teacher, I have always been excited about writing. However, the innovative and encouraging approach presented by The Offices of Letters and Light in NaNoWriMo and all of its projects is an echo of my own beliefs, but on a much grander and more professional scale. I took part in NaNoWriMo for the first time four years ago, and have participated and won [finished a complete novel in one month!] every year since. While teaching in the US, traveling abroad, and now, working as a Peace Corps Volunteer, participation on this contest has helped me as a writer and as a teacher, and I've encouraged many others to become involved, as well. The work that this organization does is exactly what is needed, and I am proud to support and advocate for them whenever possible.

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

my own personal experience as a writer and as a teacher. My own participation has encouraged me to stay dedicated to my craft, and the participation of my students has allowed them to see writing from a fresh and exciting perspective.

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

suggest that they hire me. :)

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

So many people believe that external motivation is the only way to reward people. Here, internal motivation-- the only kind that really matters-- is presented and realized as the primary drive behind successful participation. Yes, OLL supports participants, but "What do I get if I win?" is not an important enough question to merit significant focus.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Wrote four novels as part of successive National Novel Writing Month campaigns.