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The Office of Letters and Light organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels. Our programs include National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org), in which authors compose a book-length work of fiction in November, and Script Frenzy (ScriptFrenzy.org), in which participants write an entire screenplay in the month of June.
The Office of Letters and Light is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Oakland, CA. In 2007, over 90,000 people around the world will take part in Office of Letters and Light programs.
National Novel Writing Month (www.NaNoWriMo.org) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Since 1999, we've challenged authors around the world to exercise their imaginations by writing a novel in November. In 2006, we had over 79,000 adult participants, and 15,000 children and teens taking part through our youth program. Unlike most writing contests, National Novel Writing Month has neither judges nor prizes; everyone who reaches his or her word-count goal by November 30th is celebrated as a winner.
In June, 2007 the Office of Letters and Light launched Script Frenzy. Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants attempt the creatively daring feat of writing an original, full-length screenplay--or stage play--in a single month. Spurred by a wild deadline and buoyed by a community of countless other writers, Script Frenzy participants can't be bothered with self-doubt--or editing. They're too busy writing by the seat of their pants, typing out beautiful, flawed stories that no one else could have dreamt up.
Just like NaNoWriMo, Script Frenzy charges no fee to participate; there are also no valuable prizes awarded or "best" scripts singled out. Every writer who completes the goal of 20,000 words is victorious and awe-inspiring and will get a Script Frenzy Winner's Certificate and web icon proclaiming this fact. Even those who fall short of the word goal will be applauded for making a heroic attempt. Really, you have nothing to lose--except that nagging feeling that there's a script inside you that may never get out.
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