Check out our events calendar below!
Want even more information about what’s going on during NaNoWriMo season? Read about our Virtual Write-Ins, YouTube Guides, #NaNoWordSprints, and our NaNo Coaches.
We can’t wait to write with you during this National Novel Writing Month.
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Tuesday, January 22, at 4 PM PDT (Your Time Zone)
Are the 50,000 words you pounded out in November languishing somewhere in the recesses of your laptop? If you’re unsure about how to start revising, or even how to identify problems with your setting, plot, or characters, we can help! This webcast will focus on revision and self-editing through a discussion with NaNoWriMo writer and editor Ally Machate, and then include a brief demo of AutoCrit.
AutoCrit is the world’s only editing software built exclusively for fiction writers. Powerful algorithms analyze your prose and provide instant, genre-specific feedback. With the click of a button, AutoCrit provides step-by-step recommendations for improving your manuscript in over 20 areas and guides you through the revision process. It’s the mentor that picks up where friends, family, and other beta readers leave off!
Wednesday, January 30, at 4 PM PDT (Your Time Zone)
Landing a publishing deal almost always starts with getting a literary agent. In this webcast, Reedsy’s Erin Young and Nathan Bransford teach you how to write and submit a query letter that will make agents sit up and request your manuscript. Your publishing journey starts right here.
Nathan Bransford is the author of How to Write a Novel and the Jacob Wonderbar series. He was formerly a literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd. and writes a popular blog about the writing and publishing process at blog.nathanbransford.com. He lives in New York City, where he works as a freelance editor and online community consultant.
Erin Young is a writer, editor and literary agent living in Los Angles, CA. After several years working as an agent at Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret, Erin branched our to start her own literary management company, EY Literary Management. In her free time, she dabbles in writing librettos, her work most famously seen in “Hopscotch: A Mobile Opera.”.
Can’t make it to an in-person write-in? Join us at a virtual one, streamed live from NaNoWriMo HQ. After all, writing is that much easier in the company of writers from around the world!
- We write together!
- We challenge each other to word sprints.
- We offer suggested prompts to help you find inspiration.
Every year, we partner with bookish YouTube vloggers to provide you with short, fun, weekly noveling tips. This year, we’re working with our YouTube Guides to bring you an expanded Virtual Write-In schedule as well!
Our 2018 YouTube Guides are Ochuole Ode of OhSheReads, Gabe (Ava Jae) of bookishpixie, Rachael Stephen, Kristina Horner, and the WordNerds team. Check out their channels or subscribe to our YouTube channel to get a notification when new YouTube Guide videos go up!
NaNo Word Sprints
What’s a word sprint? It’s a timed writing exercise to write as quickly as you can for a set amount of time. You can take on a suggested prompt or dare, too!
Why take part in a word sprint? To rev up your writing momentum, and get you sprinting past your inner editor.
Every week of November, a published author will take over our official Twitter account, @NaNoWriMo, to answer your questions and coach you through drafting your novel.
All tweets that come from our NaNo Coaches will be signed with the hashtag #NaNoCoach. If you want to make sure your question or thoughts make their way to your coach’s clipboard, please include #NaNoCoach in your tweet, too!
Your Current NaNo Coach
2018 NaNo Coaches
Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula and Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer. Her novel Trail of Lightning, Book #1 in the Sixth World Series (Saga Press), is available now. Book #2, Storm of Locusts, is out April 2019. Her middle grade novel, Race to the Sun (Rick Riordan Presents), drops Fall 2019. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug.
Carolina De Robertis, a writer of Uruguayan origins, is the author of the novels The Gods of Tango, Perla, and The Invisible Mountain. Her bestselling books have been translated into seventeen languages, and have won numerous awards. In 2017, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named her on its 100 List of people “shaping the future of culture.” She teaches writing at San Francisco State University. Her fourth novel, The Burning Edge of the World, comes out in 2019.
Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and SFF romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was chosen as the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award’s Best Book of 2017 and the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bustle, Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime with her husband or wrangling their menagerie of animals.