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

Rating: 5 stars  

I first discovered The Office of Letters and Light (OLL) because of National Novel Writing Month in 2006. I was then a college student working on an English degree, so I thought I'd take on the challenge writing a novel in a month. I gave up on day 3.

But the thought of the challenge never left my mind.

In 2008, I tried it again. And you know what happened? I wrote a 50,000 novel. A novel that I am now in the process of editing, and someday will (with any luck) sell to a publisher. I can't express how glad I am that I came back. I now have one completed and two partial novels under my belt. If OLL didn't put on this amazing event, I don't think I would have ever finished.

OLL has always been helpful and funny, even when servers are crashing and the staff are trying to write a novel also. I had a merch store mix-up this year, and the staff was incredibly accommodating. They responded promptly and worked with me to solve the problem.

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

I completed one novel, and have a great start on two others - a statement that would not be true without OLL. They have very supportive staff if you have any issues (I had a merchandise mix-up). They foster a community spirit by connecting all of us participating in their writing challenges.

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

Nothing to suggest here, really. Wish I was richer so I could buy them all the servers they need to keep the website up during the first couple days of November.

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?

The internet, somewhere. I don't remember exactly. I think LiveJournal.

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

It has shown me that I am capable of great feats - writing a novel in 30 days is no easy task. Also gave me the drive to COMPLETE a work, not just start it and leave it hanging. I think everyone should try NaNoWriMo at least once in their life. It's freeing and amazing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Client Served & NaNoWriMo participant in '06, '08, '09, & '10. Donor in '08 & '10.