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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:


"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 TimesJuly 2012


"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."

"Rev up for National Novel Writing Month"

School Library JournalOctober 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"

EdutopiaOctober 2014




In the News:

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

NaNoWriMo Makes Novel Writing Fun (May 2017)
EducationHQ Australia