Camp NaNoWriMo

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This April and July, tackle a writing project with Camp NaNoWriMo.
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What is Camp NaNoWriMo?

  • Camp NaNoWriMo is a writing event that happens in April and July. It's different from NaNoWriMo in November because you can work on any type of creative project, not just a novel. First drafts or revision, scripts or stories or poems or essays—all are welcome! Just set a goal and get writing. 

How can you participate?

  • Create your Camp project on the YWP site and write in our one-of-a-kind writing space, complete with stats, charts, dares, and word sprints.  Just accept the Camp NaNoWriMo dare to get started! You can accept the Camp challenge with a novel you're already working on, rather than starting a brand new one, or you can start a brand new one. Whatever you like! 

  • Need support with plot, characters, or world-building? Check out our Young Novelist Workbooks or NaNo Prep 101 Workbook

  • Need help finishing a novel you already started? Check out our NaNoFinMo resources!

  • 13 or older? Sign up for a NaNoWriMo account and you can form an online writing group with up to 20 other writers. You can also chat with other young writers in the YWP Camp NaNoWriMo forum!

  • Are you an educator? Lead your whole class on a month of creativity, or challenge your most enthusiastic students to participate on their own. Explore our teaching resources (they work outside of November!)

Camp Writer Flair

Download the images and declare your writerly commitment!

Twitter Banner:

Camp NaNoWriMo Twitter Banner

Facebook Cover:

Camp NaNoWriMo FB Cover

Profile or Instagram Image:

Camp NaNoWriMo Profile Photo

Phone Wallpaper:

Writer Certificate: 

Download the PDF file, and fill in the certificate fields on the computer or by hand. (Looking for a winner certificate? It's on the page that appears when you meet your goal!)

July 2022 Camp Counselors

Each Camp session, we’re joined by published authors who act as “counselors," sharing words of advice and writing dares to all NaNo Campers. Look for their Camp Care Packages each week in Breaking News, and check the Camp calendar at the bottom of this page to see live events they might be joining. 

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Angelina M. Lopez has been writing professionally her whole life: first as a journalist for an acclaimed city newspaper, then as a freelance magazine writer, and now as a romance author. Her new book, After Hours on Milagro Street, has received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and Booklist. Angelina lives with her family in Houston, Texas

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Mia P. Manansala (she/her) is a writer and certified book coach from Chicago who loves books, baking, and bad-ass women. She uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture. Her debut novel, ARSENIC AND ADOBO, has won multiple awards, and the sequel, HOMICIDE AND HALO-HALO, is out now. 

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Tirzah Price is the author of the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries, published by HarperTeen, and a senior contributing editor at Book Riot. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Lisa Stringfellow writes middle grade fiction and has a not-so-secret fondness for fantasy with a dark twist. Her debut fantasy A Comb of Wishes was published on February 8, 2022 by HarperCollins/Quill Tree Books and was named an ABA Indie Introduce and an Indie Next Kids’ title. Lisa’s work often reflects her West Indian and Black southern heritage. She is a middle school teacher and lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her children and two bossy cats

Camp Videos

Watch the Novel Prep or Writing Tips and Exercises playlists on YouTube for advice about your Camp project.

Visit the NaNoWriMo YouTube channel!

Camp NaNoWriMo Events

To see what time an event starts in your time zone, click into the event, then click "copy to my calendar".