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

Rating: 5 stars  

The Office of Letters and Light serves two major programs. The first, and perhaps most well known, is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. In November, willing participants sign up on the website and attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. It's not a writing tactic for everyone, but for those who like it, it really does change lives. Most participants have always dreamed of writing a novel, but always said something along the lines of "Oh, I'll do it someday." NaNoWriMo ends all of that in one giant hurrah. Turn off your inner editor and fly free, writers! It's beyond difficult, and the majority of participants never finish. But it's more than just about writing a novel, it's about realizing that everyone can accomplish great things. Everyone should do a NaNo sometime in their life, because they never know what awesome things they can learn from it until they try. The second program is the Young Writers Program (YWP), which brings NaNo into the classroom for young children (generally, the 50,000 word count is lowered to fit the age group and situation). There's lots of resources for educators available. Creativity is often forgotten in today's classroom. A large number of adults see no worth in the arts and want to rid schools of it. But they forget what a little creativity can do; what sorts of amazing things it can bring within and out of the minds of children. With the YWP comes vital skills like improved writing skills and time management! Overall, there is no question: If you've ever been interested in writing a novel, get involved!!

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

Rating: 5 stars  

This past NaNoWriMo was my first, and it completely changed me for the better. I've wanted to be a writer professionally but have never felt that I'm working in that direction. NaNoWriMo taught me how to turn that all around. I could go on, but at the same time, I've said all I need to say.

NaNoWriMo is such a necessary part of this world because it gets people to finish what they've started. It's gotten so many people who want to write a novel to do so. NaNoWriMo makes dreams come true, and that's why I spent a good ten minutes of my Sunday afternoon typing this all out.

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

My potential writing career. Never again will I have inhibitions towards my dream career of writing!

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

Have the program run through more months than just November!!

Role:  Volunteer & Wrote my first novel in a mere four weeks!.