Camp NaNoWriMo

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This April and July, rediscover that special NaNo energy by taking the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge.   (Jump to: Young Writers Contest, Camp CounselorsVideosEventsCamp Flair)

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?

Camp NaNoWriMo Young Writers Contest

Camp NaNoWriMo kicks off April 1, and as an added bonus for all our young writers (17 and younger), we hereby present...the Camp NaNoWriMo Young Writers Contest! Write a brief story (300-word limit) that starts with a storm. Where you go from there is up to you!

We’ll award one Grand Prize to a high school entry and one to an elementary/middle school entry, and then three Honorable Mention Prizes. Prizes include publication on the NaNoWriMo blog, gift certificates to the NaNoWriMo store, and subscriptions to 4thewords. Submit your story by 11:59 PST on April 30, 2018 (the last day of Camp).

Learn more about the contest!

April 2018 Camp Counselors

Each Camp session, we’re joined by published authors who act as “counselors," sharing words of wisdom, advice, and encouragement to all our NaNo Campers. Look for their Camp Care Packages in Breaking News!

author photo Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired The Kiss Quotient, which releases in June 2018. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish. Follow @HHoangWrites

author photo Taran Matharu is a New York Times bestselling author. He was born in London in 1990 and began his first book at 9 years old. Taran wrote the Summoner series during NaNoWriMo in November 2013, at the age of 22. He updated it daily on, and its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months. It eventually became published as a bestselling series. Since then, the book has been translated into 15 languages around the world. Follow @TaranMatharu1

author photo Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to scifi/fantasy TV to Japanese role-playing games, but she will swear up and down at book signings that she was inspired by Jane Austen. On top of being a YA writer, Sarah has a PhD in English, which makes her doctor, so it turns out she didn’t have to go to medical school after all. (Author photo by Melanie Gillis)
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author photo Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She has a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. By day, she manages the digital media team for an indie film advertising agency. By later day and night, Amy writes, performs, and pets as many cats as she can. She is the author of five young adult novels, including her latest, The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles). (Author photo: Robyn Von Swank) Follow @theames 

Camp NaNoWriMo Videos

Look to the NaNoWriMo YouTube channel for fun writing videos during Camp, like Campfire Chats or Virtual Write-Ins each Wednesday.

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