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

Rating: 5 stars  

I have participated in the National Novel Writing Month for the last three years, as have my daughters. I have found it to be a great experience. As someone who has written for years, it was wonderful to do it as part of a supportive community. I enjoyed the opportunity to provide information in my own fields of expertise to others who needed it for their writing. For my younger daughter, who was still in high school the first time she participated, taking on the immense task of writing 50,000 words in one month caused her to stretch her limits. She gained faith in her ability to rise to a challenge and to complete a difficult task under deadline. I have donated to OLL in the past and intend to do so in the future, as well as continuing to participate in the program.

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

I have taken my writing into new directions with my 'NaNo' novels, trying out different styles and genres. I have also seen the empowering effects completing this challenge has on those who have not written anything substantial before, such as my youngest daughter, who can now point to completion of an extended work as proof of their ability to stick with a task until finished.

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

I don't have major changes to suggest, only minor tweaks. We've tried to have write-ins in our area but haven't been able to work it out yet. It might be nice to have something like NaNo for non-fiction work (essays, autobiography, etc.)

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

My family and I enjoyed the services provided and I was financially able to make a gift

What would you tell others about this organization?

Anyone interested in writing should explore this program. Anyone interested in education should support this program.

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Role:  Donor & I wrote a 50,000 word novel in 1 month (3 times - 3 different years).