E024: Embrace NaNoWriMo Month with Kathryn Kemp Guylay

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. I'm thrilled to announce that I will be hosting the “come in and write” program in the Sun Valley Idaho area.  If you are in town living or visiting Sun Valley during the month of November, please come by the Ketchum Innovation Center which will provide free fiber-optic connectivity and writing space for writers.

What is NaNoWriMo?
On November 1, 2017 participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month- November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

What isNaNoWriMo's Mission statement? 
National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.

What are the programs of NaNoWriMo?

The Young Writers ProgramThe Young Writers Program promotes writing fluency, creative education, and the sheer joy of novel-writing in K-12 classrooms. We provide free classroom kits, writing workbooks, Common Core-aligned curricula, and virtual class management tools to more than 2,000 educators from Dubai to Boston.

Camp NaNoWriMoCamp NaNoWriMo is a virtual writing retreat, designed to provide the community, resources, and tools needed to complete any writing project, novel or not.

Come Write InThe Come Write In program provides free resources to libraries, community centers, and local bookstores to build writing havens in your neighborhood.

NaNoWriMo Facts

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) believes stories matter. The event began in 1999, and in 2005, National Novel Writing Month became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. NaNoWriMo’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMothe Young Writers ProgramCome Write In, and the “Now What?” Months.

NaNoWriMo's Impact:

In 2016, 928 volunteer Municipal Liaisons supported 445,179 participants on six continents.

  • 384,126 participants, including 71,229 students and educators in the Young Writers Program, started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
  • 1,168 libraries, bookstores, and community centers opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program.
  • 60,951 Campers tackled a writing project—novel or not—at Camp NaNoWriMo.


Hundreds of NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published.
 They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s CinderSee a full list of our published authors.

Each year, authors offer mentorship to our participants through pep talksPast author mentors have included Gene Luen Yang, John Green, N. K. Jemisin, and Veronica Roth.

At the Ketchum Innovation Center, we will be providing local writers with free resources including interviews and educational materials. We hope to see you there! 🙂

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