For the past sixteen years professional writers, word-weaving dilettantes and eager new novelists have gathered on social media and in local libraries to crank out their own 50,000 word novels during the month of November.
NaNoWriMo, as the National Novel Writing Month is known to its more than 300,000 “winners” in 2014, began in 1999 and was founded as a nonprofit under the name Office of Letters and Light six years later. Since then, in addition to supporting the yearly novel-writing event, Office of Letters and Light has founded several other programs, including one to encourage young writers. Those who complete the 50,000 word minimum set by the organizers are considered the event’s “winners” and last year’s winners’ circle included more than 80,000 students and teachers who can’t wait to publish their first books.
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