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Heads up, 18-year-olds! You're about to graduate the YWP.


The Young Writers Program is a place for teens, toddlers, and everyone in between to develop writing skills, work on creative projects, form supportive communities, and (of course) write novels.

So, on Friday, July 1, all of you who turned 18 on or before June 30, 2022 will graduate into "alumni." Don't worry—you'll still be able to access your YWP account, and you can even keep working on your novels if you want! They're not going anywhere. But, you won't be able to start new novels or participate in classrooms or the forums.

Also, according to our Privacy Policy, if an account is inactive for 4 years we will delete it. That means you should log into your YWP alum account once every 2 or 3 years if you want to keep it active (don't worry, we'll send you a few reminder emails before we delete it). 

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If you have any questions or want to share any last minute words of wisdom, head over to the Graduating from the YWP forum on the YWP site.

It's been a long and lovely journey, my wizened Wrimos. We're going to miss you, and we're so excited to see the bigger, bolder things you do now!

Marya Brennan, NaNoWriMo Program Director, and all of NaNo HQ

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Some Frantic Questions and Answers:

  • Why are you doing this to me???

    It's all in our Terms and Conditions.

  • Nooooo! What will I do with all my sudden free time?????

    Oh, don't worry about that, soon-to-be alum. You don't need to have any! Just head on over to our big sister site,, and start an account there. It's just like YWP, but a little taller and wordier.

  • How will I find all my YWP friends?????

    Once you get your account, check out the YWP Alumni forum. There, you'll be able to reconnect with anyone you knew over here on the YWP website.

  • I'm 18 or older but participating in the Young Writers Program with my high school class! Do I have to become an alum?

    Actually, no! If you're participating with a high school classroom teacher, you can keep your Young Writer status. Just email us at letting us know your situation.

  • I *whispers* lied about my age. I'm not really 18 I just wanted to seem cool what do I do help!

    Uh oh! Email us at letting us know your situation and we'll set things right. 

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