My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Office of Letters and Light, Berkeley, CA, USA
The office of Letters and Light organizes NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, every November. NaNo is an incredible movement of people all across the globe, working on the same project -- or related projects -- at the same time. The community of support and encouragement is unbelievable, and enables people who never thought they would write a novel to produce 50,000 words of story. Many of them are not particularly good words of story, but it is still a very real accomplishment, and it is much easier to make a mediocre novel into a good novel than to make a blank page into a good novel. I know people who would never have dreamed of trying to write a novel if NaNo weren't there, encouraging amateurs to just sit down and write, and providing a specific, concrete timeframe in which to do so. I think that a lot people who don't manage to reach their wordcount goal still find NaNo to be a rewarding experience, because it got them writing more than they would've otherwise, and the only way to get better at writing is to do it.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Spain, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Give them better servers, because while they do their best, every year there are more people participating in NaNo the first week than the website can really handle.