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.

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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 
Fairfield Daily Voice, June 2017

NaNoWriMo Challenge Helps Students Write and Publish in the Digital Age
KQED, June 2017

Students Write Novels in 30 Days
San Angelo Independent School District, May 2017


Signal Mountain Teen Becomes Published Author
News Channel 9, May 2017

NaNoWriMo Makes Novel Writing Fun
EducationHQ Australia, May 2017

How Writing Novels Expands Students' Expectations of Themselves
KQED, October 2016

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

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

Tips to Bring Novel Writing to Elementary Students
Teaching Channel, October 2013

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

Students Take a Novel Approach
The Mercury News, November 2011