Press Coverage

National Novel Writing Month, a (501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Berkeley, California, believes that stories matter. Our Young Writers Program (YWP) is designed to help young people:

  • find value in their stories.
  • become confident and proficient storytellers.
  • realize their creative potential—on and off the page. 

The program empowers K-12 students to write a novel in 30 days. Every year, more than 100,000 students and educators from over 4,000 classrooms around the world participate. The Young Writers Program has been covered by outlets including The New York Times, NPR, Edutopia, Education Week, and School Library Journal. The work of our students and educators is also often featured in local newspapers.

Depending on the scope of your piece, you can find background information below, or get in touch to arrange an interview.

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What Others Are Saying:

"A thoughtful adaptation of the famous and fun grown-up novel writing contest, NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program is brimming with advice and encouragement as well as classroom support."

Five-Star Review of the Young Writers Program website
Common Sense Education, May 2017

"My classmates and I wrote novels in our English class for National Novel Writing Month. Through this program, which had my entire class intrigued, we learned how to develop a plot, build character descriptions and foreshadow through writing our novels. It felt like we, the students, were in control, even though we were being guided by our teacher."

"Room for Debate: A Passion for Learning is Hard to Quantify"
The New York Times, July 2012

"To the students who participate, it is life changing... Two of our authors have gone on to self-publish their novels, and we have added their titles to our collection."

"Rev up for National Novel Writing Month"
School Library Journal, October 2014

"It made me think that a lot of things could be possible in the world. I mean I am thirteen years old and I just wrote my own dang novel! How cool is that?"

"The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists"
Edutopia, October 2014

In the News:

Meet the Fairfield 18-Year-Old Who Just Published Her First Book 
(June 2017)
Fairfield Daily Voice

NaNoWriMo Challenge Helps Students Write and Publish in the Digital Age
(June 2017)

Signal Mountain Teen Becomes Published Author
(May 2017)
News Channel 9

NaNoWriMo Makes Novel Writing Fun
(May 2017)
EducationHQ Australia

How Writing Novels Expands Students' Expectations of Themselves
(October 2016)

NaNoWriMo YWP - How Teens Can Write an Entire Novel in a Month
(October 2016)
The Writers' Academy

A Novel In a Month? NaNoWriMo Challenges Kids to Write, Write, Write
(November 2015)

Tips to Bring Novel Writing to Elementary Students
(October 2013)
Teaching Channel

Encourage Authentic Writing with #WhatIWrite and #NaNoWriMo
(October 2012)
The New York Times Learning Network

Students Take a Novel Approach
(November 2011)
The Mercury News