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! New for this year, you can accept the Camp challenge with a novel you're already working on, rather than starting a brand new one. (You can also start a brand new one if you'd like to!)

  • 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!

Facebook Cover:

Camp NaNoWriMo FB Cover

Profile or Instagram Image:

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!)

April 2021 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!

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Jen Breach lives and writes in Philadelphia. They are the author of female-led adventure middle-grade graphic novel CLEM HETHERINGTON AND THE IRONWOOD RACE and funny-punny picture book SOMETHING’S AMISS AT THE ZOO. Jen is queer and nonbinary and believes that truth telling is the least child readers deserve (along with a dash of mischief).

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Kristina Forest is the author of YA romance novels, including I Wanna Be Where You Are and Now That I’ve Found You. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Writing for Children at The New School. She lives in New York City with two huge bookshelves.

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Nicole Glover works as a UX researcher in Virginia. She believes libraries are magical places and problems seem smaller with a cup of tea in hand. Her life outside of books include bicycles, video games, and baking the perfect banana bread. The Conductors is her debut novel.

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Michelle Ruiz Keil is a writer and tarot reader with an eye for the enchanted and a way with animals. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, All of Us With Wings, called “…a transcendent journey” by the New York Times and “…a fantastical ode the Golden City’s post-punk era” by Entertainment Weekly, was released from Soho Teen in 2019.

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".