National Novel Writing Month is an ambitious event in which participants (“wrimos”) try to turn out a 50,000 word novel during the 30 days of November. The first “NaNoWriMo” began in 1999 in the San Francisco bay area. Since then, it has become an international phenomenon with over 300,000 participants in 2013.
The Philadelphia chapter of Nanowrimo has been active for at least five years and has a rotating leadership of “Municipal Liaisons” (MLs.) Most of the Nanowrimo community exists in the “write-in” events held throughout the city or online in the region’s forum and chatroom. Last year saw more than 1,000 participants in the City of Brotherly Love, and about a third of those “won” by writing 50k words during the month.
The Philadelphia Free Writers Association actively supports Philly Nanowrimo, as we share leadership with the local chapter, hosting events and write-ins.
Want to know more? Want to join in the fun?
- Join the international event by creating a free account on the nanowrimo.org website and set your home region to Philadelphia so you will be in the loop of all local events.
- Learn more about Nanowrimo here and its history here.
- In recent years, the local chapter has had a Facebook page and Twitter account under the name “PhillyWrimos.” These pages are inactive during the other 11 months of the year.