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

Rating: 5 stars  

Not long after graduating from college, a friend and I were talking about turning 25. He said, "I thought I would have patented an invention by now." I replied, "I haven't even written a novel yet." That was September 2009. Two months later, I was frantically writing my first National Novel Writing Month project and discovering the supportive communities built around The Office of Letters and Light's annual program. While I have been writing fiction for ten years, participating in NaNoWriMo has given me the goals, structure, and motivation to draft two novels of contemporary fiction and to expand my creative reach. Participating in NaNoWriMo has increased my confidence. The experience I have gained has convinced me to pursue creative writing alongside visual art in my graduate program, beginning this fall (2011). OLL's NaNoWriMo program has been essential in helping me rebuild my self-confidence as a creative person.

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

As a participant in OLL's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) program, I have drafted two novels of contemporary fiction, continued to build and hone my creative writing skills, and gained confidence in my writing. I will be attending graduate school this fall to study visual art and will also pursue creative writing. Participating in NaNoWriMo in 2009 and 2010 has given me renewed confidence in myself as a creative person.

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

I would strive to ensure funding to expand OLL's existing programs and create new programs, thereby continuing OLL's mission to support and nurture the creativity of youth and adults around the world.

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

Life-changing

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

A friend had participated in The Office of Letters and Light's programs in past years. I searched for OLL online.

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

Participating in The Office of Letters and Light's National Novel Writing Month program has rebuilt my self-confidence as a creative person. This experience has contributed to my pursuit of graduate study bridging visual art and creative writing, which I will begin this fall (2011), having been awarded a university fellowship.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Client Served & Through participating in OLL's National Novel Writing Month program, I have drafted two works of contemporary fiction, and have gained the confidence to pursue creative writing alongside visual art in my graduate program, beginning this fall (2011).