National Novel Writing Month

aka The Office of Letters and Light   |   Berkeley, CA   |  http://nanowrimo.org

Mission

National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Grant Faulkner

Main address

3354 Adeline St.

Berkeley, CA 94703 USA

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Formerly known as

The Office of Letters and Light

EIN

65-1282653

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Our programs

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National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Population(s) Served
Population(s) Served
Adults

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want anyone who's ever dreamed of writing a novel (or any long-term writing project) to go for it—and to tap our empowering online tools and worldwide creative community to make it happen.

We run three programs, each offering a different empowering experience:

* National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) happens every November, and is our flagship program and namesake. Hundreds of thousands gather—on our website and in person—to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

* The Young Writers Program offers the November novel-in-a-month experience to K-12 students and educators. It provides a dedicated website with curriculum, workbooks, and virtual classroom spaces.

* Camp NaNoWriMo happens in April and July, and is a challenge open to variable word counts and different writing projects.

All three programs offer free online resources, as well as in-person materials distributed by local volunteers and participating libraries and community spaces.

National Novel Writing Month is continually capable of creating a worldwide creative community through our websites, local volunteers, and library initiatives. We operate at a huge scale with a relatively small budget.

National Novel Writing has existed as an event since 1999, and a nonprofit since 2006. We continue to gain participants and reputation through our unique model, and we strive to effectively serve both new and longtime writers.

How we listen

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    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

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National Novel Writing Month

Board of directors
as of 12/2/2021
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Board chair

Michael Sippey

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Tony Shen

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Buster Benson

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Paul Oh

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Julie Russell

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Sean Hewens

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Sharon McKellar

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Justin Quimby

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes