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 community writing challenge 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!

It's different from setting a personal challenge because you'll be participating alongside thousands of other writers, all trying to reach their goal by the end of the month. We'll cheer each other on and NaNo HQ will provide extra support like Camp Counselor advice, webcasts, virtual write-ins, winner certificates, and more!

How can you participate?

  • Set your Camp goal 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! 

  • Decide what kind of support you need. Working on a novel? Check out our Young Novelist Workbooks or NaNo Prep 101 Workbook! Need something different? Explore the Camp Tracks we offer on, including resources for finishing a novel, revising a novelworld-building, writing a memoir, and more! (You don't need a NaNoWriMo account to see them, don't worry!)

  • 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! 2023 art by Elizabeth Goss.

Writer Badge:

Camp NaNoWriMo Profile Photo

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!)

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. 

See who are current Camp Counselors are!

Camp Videos

Watch the Novel Prep or Writing Tips and Exercises playlists on YouTube for advice about your Camp project, or check out the YWP playlist for youth-focused content.

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".