To offer children and adults Web-enabled writing challenges that contain real-world components and foster self-expression while building community on the local and global levels.
The Office of Letters and Light offers annual events geared toward writers of all ages, including National Novel Writing Month, a challenge that invites participants worldwide to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November, and Script Frenzy, an April event requiring participants to write a hundred pages of scripted material. Chris Baty "accidentally" founded NaNoWriMo in 1999 with a group of his friends. In 2006, he and the event's board members established the nonprofit Office of Letters and Light to administer the event, help develop its Young Writers Program, and launch a program geared toward screenwriters.
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The NaNoWriMo Web site features a number of tools for writers participating in the event, including forums, a roundup of pep talks from award-winning authors, a word counter, videos, and tips and strategies designed to help participants cross the 50,000-word finish line. Registered users can set up a profile, including personal information related to their writing interests and their novel-in-process, as well as connect with writing buddies in their city or around the world. To help screenwriters participating in the Script Frenzy event, the dedicated Script Frenzy Web site includes a set of how-to guides on the basics of scriptwriting, resources and tools for finding local Frenzy writers, discussion forums, and a personalized section where registered users can set up a profile and interact with other participants. Visitors to the site will also find an enthusiastic community centered around the OLL blog and donation "station" chockful of interesting premiums.