My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Office of Letters and Light, Berkeley, CA, USA
I dove into NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) on October 30th 2008. I've competed (and won! wooooooo!) and donated to the Office of Letters and Light in 2008, 2009 and 2010. I intend to write a novel every November for the rest of my life, and donate to OLL every year as well. It is the most fun, and most important writing tool I have found to date. The notion (to write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of each November) is brilliant. It is a contest with yourself that includes tens of thousands of cheerleaders the world over, urging you to keep writing-the hardest thing for writers to do. And on top of that, OLL has taken the joy of writing to the schools. Donations help run free NANOWRIMO programs in schools-encouraging our children to write! Harry Potter reawakened the joy of reading. I think the Young Writer's Program can inspire the future JK Rowlings. Keep up the stellar work.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
My first novel, written in NANO 2008 is being edited in hopes of publishing soon. Novels 2 and 3 await their turns.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Give OLL more help during the year and more server capacity. Double the school programs for young writers!