A Welcome Letter from Professor McGonagall

Posted by Niassa on November 2, 2016 in NaNoWriMo 2016 |

Welcome to Hogwarts! We, the Professors and Staff here at Hogwarts, welcome you to a brand new year. We hope you enjoyed the Welcome Feast, commonly referred to by Muggles as a “Kick-Off Party.”

But the party is over now, and it’s time to put your quills to parchment and begin anew. I have high expectations for you all this year, and I know you have expectations of yourself. If you apply yourself and work hard, you will reach your goals.

Don’t expect to have to go this alone. Your peers are here to help. Just look at Miss Granger—she is always willing to help tell you the right answers.

Now it is time to defodio your writing necessities, whether it’s quill and parchment, or those strange Muggle devices called “electronics” — Help me out here, Mr. Potter. What are they called? Oh, yes. Of course. “Laptops” and “tablets” and “alphas.” Yes, those are thewriting instruments I’ve heard about in my time out in the Muggle world. They likely don’t even require a flagrate spell in order to write on them. Strange things, those “electronics” are. I would, however, recommend that you not use geminio on your words. While that may increase your word count, it’s just duplication and won’t further your story!

Make sure you finite incantatum that inner editor of yours, or at least put your inner editor away and colloportus that door so it can’t get out!

Now, go forth and make us proud. We know you can do it! And don’t forget, your peers are here to help. Below is a class schedule for you to meet up with your peers. I highly suggest these “write-ins,” as the Muggles call them.

Muggles. Such fascinating creatures, Muggles. Though I still prefer to stay here in the magical world. Speaking of Muggles, you might want to know that the Muggles are participating in the weird ritual of changing their clocks twice a year coming up this Sunday. They are setting their clocks back an hour, trying to chase down some extra daylight hours. This might be of importance to you if you have any dealings in the Muggle world.

Another Muggle thing coming up is an election. I’ve never been one for Politics—I much prefer teaching. But Politics are still a way of life, even here in the Magical world. The Muggles, however, are looking to elect their equivalent of Minister of Magic on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Voting is important, so make your voice heard!

Write-ins this week:

2:00pm – 4:30pm Highlands Ranch Village Inn – 23 Centennial Blvd, Highlands Ranch
5:00pm – 8:30pm *OFFICIAL* Lone Tree Panera Bread – 9344 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree

5:30pm – 7:30pm *OFFICIAL* Westminster Library College Hill – 3705 W 112th Ave, Westminster
6:00pm – 9:00pm Starbucks (inside King Soopers) at Arapahoe Crossing – 6412 S Parker Rd, Aurora

9:00am – 11:00am – Starbucks at 44th & Federal – 2990 W 44th Ave, Denver
3:00pm – 5:30pm – Nixon’s Coffee – 871 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood
8:00pm – 12:00am – Perkins Restaurant – 1995 S Colorado Blvd, Denver

8:00am – 12:00pm – Stella’s Coffee Hause – 1476 S Pearl St, Denver
10:00am – 12:00pm – Global Goods & Coffee Shop – 5613 Olde Wadsworth Blvd
4:00pm – 5:30pm – *OFFICIAL* Iliff Square Library – 14949 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
6:00pm – 12:00am – *OFFICIAL* Enchanted Grounds – 3615 W Bowles Ave #5, Littleton

11:00am – 1:00pm In Tea – 2440 W Main St, Littleton
6:00pm – 9:00pm Starbucks (inside King Soopers) Arapahoe Crossing – 6412 S Parker Rd, Aurora

7:00am – 11:00am Bean Fosters – 720 Golden Ridge Rd D, Golden

4:00pm – 6:00pm *OFFICIAL* Westminster Public Library Irving Location – 7392 Irving St, Westminster
4:30pm – 6:30pm St. Mark’s Coffeehouse – 2019 E 17th Ave, Denver
6:00pm – 8:30pm *OFFICIAL* Englewood Public Library – 1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood
6:30pm – 9:00pm Starbucks (inside King Soopers) Serenity Ridge – 25701 E Smoky Hill Rd, Aurora

Be diligent, fair students, and craft your spellweaving well.

Respectfully yours,
Professor Minerva McGonagall


Forwarded from Owl Post by Niassa and Katharine Swan

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Answers to Comments/Questions (from RSVP form)

Posted by Niassa on October 24, 2016 in NaNoWriMo 2016 |

Hi all,

First, I’m so sorry for all of the emails these last couple of weeks. I promise you that we are not big into spamming email boxes, social media, or the like. There have just been a lot of things that have needed to go out, including this email. Once November hits, I expect you’ll receive 5-6 emails total for the entire month. This should be the last email before NaNoWriMo officially kicks off!

In the RSVP form, we had a place for you to ask questions or make comments. Many of you used that portion of the form, and we realized too late that there was no good way to answer those questions or respond to those comments outside of this method. LOL! So, I figure I’ll address the necessary comments/questions here in one email.

Is there an age limit/can my child attend?
No, there is no age limit (upper OR lower), and yes, your child may attend! Keep in mind, though, that the party begins at 10:00PM and goes until 2:00AM. If you’re okay with that timing, by all means, come! We have many participants that also participate in the Young Writer’s Program, so everything we do (unless specifically marked otherwise, which has only happened once to my recollection) is open to all ages.

I have food allergies. Can I bring my own and/or can people label their foods with ingredients?
While we cannot police what people bring, and if they mark what ingredients are in said food, anyone and everyone is welcome to bring food that they plan to solely eat themselves. While this is a potluck style event, no one will begrudge anyone for not partaking in the main foods and only eating what they bring. All of that said, I know whatever I bring will be labeled with ingredients because I, too, have a lot of food allergies and it’s just something I always do. 🙂

Is there a way to confirm the RSVP has been received?
Google Forms is pretty good about capturing everything that is submitted, and sending it directly to a spreadsheet. If there is any doubt, or if you experienced a hiccup when hitting submit, feel free to re-submit your RSVP. I’ll be weeding out any duplicates I come across. 🙂

Will there be outlets for laptops?
Yes! There are several outlets in the room, and we will also have several power strips. That said, if you have any extra power strips, please feel free to bring them because it seems like you can rarely have too many!

What should we bring?
Ultimately, this is up to you. Due to it being a potluck, a dish of some kind (or a bag of chips, or 6-pack of soda, or whatnot) would be great. Feel free to take any of your leftovers home with you, too! Other than food, bring/wear a costume if you’d like (not required), anything you’d like to share with the other Denver NaNo community members, and some way to begin writing at midnight (whether it’s something digital like a laptop or tablet, or a notebook and pen/pencil for our lovely luddites). Really, you don’t need to bring much of anything. 🙂

And then there was one more serious comment that I feel needs to be addressed.
We received a comment that stated that requiring participants to present their ID at the door, and give the name that matches said ID on an RSVP form, was considered transphobic. I literally feel physically ill that one of our members feels that we have discriminated against them and I want to make this blanket statement that we will NEVER discriminate against ANYONE for ANY reason in our organization. It doesn’t matter if you’re Black, Latinx, LGBTQ, Asian, a Brony, a Furry, or anything else… we accept YOU for who YOU are. I very sincerely apologize that this action felt transphobic to you—it was not intended to be. It is an unfortunate side effect of the way security works. If you’ll let me, I’d like to take a moment to try to put your mind at ease.

The only person who will be able to match you as the person to your name/ID will be the security guard. You won’t even need to say it out loud; you can just hand the ID over to the security guard so they can check it off the list. It is not matched to your NaNoWriMo username/ID in any way. No one else needs to know. If you have another form of picture ID that has your preferred name on it, use that. In fact, you could RSVP under both names and try the preferred ID first, just in case security will take it. I can’t guarantee that they will, but it might be worth a try. I’d really hate for you to miss out on such a great experience with such wonderful people. 

Whoever you are, I hope you accept my sincerest of apologies, and I hope that you’ll reconsider and join us next Monday.

Thanks, all. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to post them on the forums, through NaNo mail, on Facebook, or on Twitter. The forums might be the best place, though. 😉 In the meantime, hopefully we’ll see a bunch of you next Monday at the KOP!

~Niassa/Katharine Swan


Official Kick-off Party Information — PLEASE READ

Posted by Niassa on October 19, 2016 in NaNoWriMo 2016 |

Good day, my little wizards and witches! I hope you’re gearing up for a great trip this year!

We have some very exciting information for you about the Kick-Off Party, but there are some extremely important points that you need to be aware of, so that’s why this is coming to you in all forms of media possible!

First, we have officially secured our kick-off location for this year! Before I get into details about the location itself, I need you all to know that there are a few things you need to know ahead of time:

  • You must RSVP — even if you think there’s only a 5% chance of you actually being able to make it, we need your name on a list in case you DO make it. If your name isn’t on the list, you won’t be able to get in. This is due to the security at the building we will be utilizing.
    • This is the link to use to RSVP. Please do not RSVP only on the forums. It must be done through this form. 
    • I need a list of RSVPs by 6pm on 10/26. Again, if there’s even a slight chance that you will come, RSVP. I would rather have too many names on the list than have anyone turned away because they weren’t on the list.
  • You must provide an official photo ID to the security guard upon entering the building. If the security guard on duty has any questions about the validity of said ID, they will have my direct cell phone number, and will be able to reach me with any questions.

Okay, so now that those two important points are out of the way, here’s the actual information about the party:

October 31st (yes, Halloween), at 10pm until November 1st at 2am. Please note that you do not need to attend for the full four hours. If you need to arrive later or leave earlier, this is fine! Writing will begin promptly at the stroke of midnight. We will give alerts when the time is getting close so that people can ready themselves to begin writing at midnight.

We will be using the Café inside the AT&T (formerly DIRECTV) building at Dry Creek & I-25. The official address of the building is 161 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, CO 80112

If you are driving:
There is ample parking in the parking lot, and the lot is both well-lit by lamps, and is monitored by security. There are also security phones around the parking lot that will patch you directly in to security if you have any issues. It’s a safe area of town, so there shouldn’t be any concerns, but AT&T/DIRECTV takes our safety very seriously. 🙂 Parking in the parking garage is not available, however.

If you are taking the light rail:
Exit at the Dry Creek Station, cross the bridge over I-25, go down the first set of stairs, and that is the building’s parking lot. Walk straight from the stairs through the parking lot (past the parking garage) to the building. The parking lot is large, so it is a little bit of a walk, and there’s no sidewalk until you pass the parking garage. The lot is well-lit.

Once you enter the building:
You will be greeted by a security guard at the security desk. Here, you will need to present your ID. They will check your ID against what is on the RSVP list provided to them. Once they have checked you off the list, they will allow you to pass the security gates. From there, it’s just a matter of following the signs to the Café (it’s really easy, so don’t feel like you’re walking into a maze or anything LOL).

This will be done in a potluck style, so please bring something to share! Non-alcoholic drinks only, please. There will be space for small appliances, in case anyone brings crock pots and whatnot. 

This is always a big question, and things will have to be just slightly different this year. Because the party does occur on Halloween, we always adopt a bit of a Halloween theme, as well. Costumes are always welcomed. However, because this is a secure facility, we do have some guidelines that we will need to follow. I apologize, but it’s just how security here goes:

  • No masks that completely cover the face (though if you just have it on for a few minutes once you’re in the Café, this might be okay).
  • No weapons. Leave the play/fake (and especially REAL) weapons at home, folks. 🙂 You can still be a cowboy without a revolver. 😉 Yes, plastic swords and squirt guns count as weapons. If it looks like a weapon, and would be used as a weapon despite being fake, please leave it behind.

I believe that covered everything, but if you have any questions, PLEASE reach out on the forums, on Facebook, wherever. There is also a comment/question section in the RSVP form, so feel free to use that, as well! 

The KOP should be AMAZEBALLS this year, my friends. I can’t wait to see all you familiar faces again, and meet some new ones!

Until the 31st…

Niassa and Katharine Swan



Posted by Niassa on October 3, 2016 in NaNoWriMo 2016 |

Ohh… how exciting! Just four weeks from today, we will be receiving our letters for Hogwarts (NaNoWriMo)! Many of us will prepare ahead of time by attending Diagon Alley (pre-NaNo planning write-ins) to get our wands (pencils), cauldrons (laptops), parchment stacks (notebooks), and much more ready to go for the big day! Soon, we will all be journeying to Platform 9 3/4 (kick-off party), ready to run head-first into that illusioned wall and join our friends, old and new, for a wondrous adventure. But don’t forget that the Hogwarts Express (Official NaNoWriMo Kick-off) leaves at EXACTLY MIDNIGHT—you don’t want to get left behind, do you?

NaNoWriMo is a very magical time of year, and what better way to express that magic than through our beloved J.K. Rowling’s characters and story? This year, we’ve seen The Cursed Child on stage and in script form in bookstores. Soon, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released on the silver screen. When it comes to the written word, the magic never dies, and always has the potential to blossom into more and more magic as it goes.

We MLs here in Denver hope you will join us for another magical year of NaNoWriMo. More information is to come about our annual kick-off party, weekly write-ins, Stanley Hotel trip, and much more. All of this information will be readily at your fingertips on our Region Page on the official nanowrimo.org website. We will also communicate via email, on Facebook, and on Twitter. We may even throw in some Instagram and SnapChat (user DenverNano) fun… if y’all behave yourselves. Bwahahahahaha!

So, come join in the fun, get your novel created, come to some pre-NaNo write-ins, and let’s get this thing kicked off in style!

Ginny (Niassa) and Hermione (Kathy)



Posted by Niassa on November 30, 2015 in NaNoWriMo 2015 |

Can you believe there are only 12 hours of NaNoWriMo 2015 left?! Where has the time gone?!

First and foremost, this is a reminder to validate. Even if you haven’t hit your 50k, it’s a good idea to run what you have through the validator, if for no other reason than to get in the habit for future years (and to see where the NaNo validator sits with your word count). So, go forth and VALIDATE!!!

Next, congratulations to all of the “winners!” You did it! You made it to the lofty goal of 50k+ words in one month. That is quite an accomplishment, and you should be so proud of yourselves! We are incredibly proud of you, too!

So, why did we put “winners” in quotes? Well, that’s simple. That’s because you are ALL winners in our book. How’s that, you might ask? Well, you took on this crazy challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. You stepped up and signed up for the challenge, and that’s more than millions of others out there in the world. Even if you didn’t reach the 50k goal, you took the steps to try. You put yourself out there—and that takes guts, chutzpah, [insert your own awesome word choice here]! Even if you only managed 1,000 words this month, THAT is an accomplishment—because that’s 1,000 more words that you have because you tried.

Let us make this next part very clear: THERE ARE NO LOSERS WITH NANOWRIMO! Nope. Not at all. And that’s because of YOU. You took on the challenge, you gave it a try, and whatever you wrote is still more than you had in October. And you know what else? There’s always next year! That’s what is so great about NaNo—it happens every year (and there’s always camp in April and July!!). 🙂 And hey—there are still 12 more hours!!! Don’t give up!!!

We also want to send out a very heartfelt thanks to all of you. We have an amazing region full of wonderful people—people who encourage and lift up, people who are cheerleaders for others that they don’t even know, people who go out even in bad weather to make it to write-ins and help set an amazing atmosphere for writing. We would not be the amazing region that we are today without YOU. And yes, we mean YOU!!

There are a few last minute write-ins today—check the calendar if you need to get to one today.

We’re sure many of you are wondering about the TGIO party; more info on this will be coming within the next day or two. It won’t be the production that the kick-off party was, but they’re still fun and a great way to decompress after a stressful month of writing. 🙂 Check the forums for more information on this!!

Okay, quick run-down:

  • Validate, validate, validate!!!
  • You are ALL winners!
  • There are still 12 hours left—get in as much writing today as you can! Write-ins are on the calendar!
  • TGIO Party details coming soon

Write on? Right on!!

Niassa/Katharine Swan

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Happy Thanksgiving, and oh look! It’s the End Days!

Posted by Niassa on November 26, 2015 in NaNoWriMo 2015 |

Can you believe there’s just four—FOUR—days left of NaNoWriMo for 2015?!? Where’d the time go?

Today is Thanksgiving, and I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to all of you. Each and every one of you has made NaNoWriMo a success this year. Word counts are great, but they are not the end all, be all of this experience. You’ve taken a step outside your comfort zone to not just take on a challenge to write the equivalent of 1,667 words per day, but to write a novel—a book… YOUR BOOK! Every day, you inspire me and inspire each other to push on. When times got tough and word counts slid, you’ve all been there to help cheer us on and keep us going. So thank you—to each and every one of you!

I’d also like to say thank you to my partner in crime, my co-ML Katharine Swan. She’s taking over the planning of the TGIO party as I gear up for surgery next week. She’s also been amazing at keeping things running and going smoothly. Thank you, my friend!

And, ya know, I gotta say thanks to Chris Baty (though he’ll likely never read this), because without him, we wouldn’t have this crazy-oh-my-gosh-it’s-wonderful-but-holy-cow-it’s-crazy month called NaNoWriMo. Thanks, Chris! 🙂

Moving on to business…

We have four days left, my friends. Four days to get your word counts up to 50k. It doesn’t matter if you have 49k words or 49 words—YOU CAN STILL DO IT! I BELIEVE IN YOU! And I’m not kidding—last year, I took on the (albeit crazy) challenge of writing 50k in 5 days. So, I know it’s absolutely possible to do! Forget Black Friday—the deals aren’t even that good anyway. And you run the risk of being trampled. Nah, stay at home, curled up with your computer or notebook, and spend the day writing. Or, better yet, head on out to one of the write-ins that will be happening tomorrow. Let our collective energy and atmosphere help get you to a win!

Speaking of winning… VALIDATION HAS BEGUN. Don’t forget that it’s not enough to just write the 50k words, you need to validate it in the validator! There’s no worry of the system stealing your ideas or your words—on the back end, it’s just a validator that counts the words and then dumps them. Nothing is ever saved. If you’re still concerned, you can take your words and run them through an obfuscator (do a google search for nanowrimo obfuscate for more info) and then upload the obfuscated text into the validator. Also, it’s important to note that not all programs count words the same. For example, your word processor may say you have 50,005 words, but the validator says it’s 50,014 or worse, 49,996. You’ll want to give yourself a little cushion, just to be safe. I, personally, recommend you validate ASAP. Still continue to update your word count, though—you won’t need to re-validate once you’ve hit that 50k and validated to get the purple bar. If you have any questions, feel free to post in the forums!

Moving on to the write-ins for the last few days:

3pm – 5pm—Nixon’s in Englewood
3pm – 6pm—Sojorner’s Coffee and Tea in Denver
5pm – 7pm—BookBar in Denver
5pm – 8pm—Panera in Aurora
8pm – 12am—Perkins in Denver

8am – 11am—Stella’s Coffee Haus in Denver
10am – 12pm—Global Goods Coffee Shop in Olde Town Arvada
Please note: The Parker English Tealeaves Café Write-in has been canceled due to the teahouse beginning their Holiday Tea parties.

3pm – 6pm—Enchanted Grounds in Littleton
5pm – 8pm—BookBar in Denver

2pm – 4pm—Auraria Faculty and Staff Club
5pm – 8pm—Sheridan Public Library in Sheridan
6pm – 8pm—Atlanta Bread Company in Aurora
7pm – 9pm—Write-in AND Social at BookBar in Denver
7pm – 9pm—Front Range Community College in Westminster

That’s it, folks! See you on the other side.

And don’t forget to validate!!! 

Write on? Right on!!



Over half-way to the end!

Posted by Niassa on November 16, 2015 in NaNoWriMo 2015 |

Hello my fellow Wrimos! How goes the writing? As of last midnight, our word counts should be at 25,000. Looking at our Faces Graph, we’re looking pretty good (if you’re not on this graph and WANT to be, post on this thread here). I do see a few of you have fallen behind—and that’s okay! There’s still plenty of time to catch up! Lean on your fellow Wrimos to help you get there—that’s why we’re here! And if we MLs can help in anyway, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

The number one thing that helps your word count (well, besides writing lol) is coming to Write-ins. Our region is large, but we still have plenty of write-ins to go around. If you can’t make it to a write-in, make sure to follow the official NaNo Word Sprints twitter account for some help, or look to our webpage for our Chat Room. Sometimes it’s active, sometimes not—if you know you’re going to be in there at a certain time, post about it and I bet we could get a group together for a virtual write-in! We have options, my friends. 🙂

So, let’s take a look at what write-ins we have coming up this week:

Monday, 11/16
2pm – 4pm — Auraria Faculty and Staff Club
5pm – 8pm — Sheridan Public Library
6pm – 7pm — Atlanta Bread in Aurora
7pm – 9pm — Front Range Community College–Westminster Campus

Tuesday, 11/17
4pm – 8pm — Englewood Public Library
6pm – 9pm — *OFFICIAL* Lone Tree Panera — please note: due to the impending storm, MLs may or may not be present for this official write-in. We will try to be there, but it will all depend on weather and road conditions.
6:30pm – 9pm — Barnes & Noble Southlands (Aurora)

Wednesday, 11/18
3pm – 6pm — Sojorners Coffee and Tea

Thursday, 11/19
2pm – 5pm — Front Range Community College–Westminster Campus
6:30pm – 9pm — Smoky Hill Library (Aurora)

Friday, 11/20
3pm – 6pm — Sojorners Coffee and Tea
3pm – 5pm — Nixon’s Coffee (Englewood)
5pm – 8pm — Aurora Panera
8pm – 12am — *OFFICIAL* Perkins (Colorado Blvd & I-25)

Saturday, 11/21
8am – 11am — Stella’s Coffee Haus
9:30 am – 3:30pm — Denver Central Library
10am – 12pm — Global Goods Coffee Shop
3pm – 5pm — *OFFICIAL* English Tealeaves Café (Parker)
5pm – 7pm — BookBar

Sunday, 11/22
5pm – 7pm — BookBar

For more information about any of these write-ins, or for addresses, please visit our Calendar.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to shoot us (Niassa and/or Katharine Swan) a PM on the site, or post in the forums. If you PM us, we will try to answer you ASAP, but we may only be checking the site a couple of times a day, so please bear with us. You can also post to us on Twitter or on Facebook. 🙂

Now, let’s batten down the hatches. If #SNOWMAGEDDON actually hits us tonight/tomorrow, I say that’s perfect time to stay in, heat up some coffee or hot cocoa, curl up in your jammies with a blanket, and just write write write!

Write on? RIGHT ON!

Niassa and Katharine Swan

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Posted by Niassa on November 6, 2015 in NaNoWriMo 2015 |

Okay, I know I promised not to bombard your inboxes with messages, and I will still hold to that, but this is a very important message!

Tomorrow, Saturday November 7th, is DONATION DAY! We NEED YOU and your help! The goal this year is to hit $75,000 in donations in 24 hours. It’s a lofty goal but COMPLETELY doable!

So, why should you donate? You’re probably, NaNo doesn’t really do much for you, right? You do all the writing, planning of the write-ins, etc. But what you may not know is what NaNo does behind the scenes, not just for people like you, but for hundreds of thousands of kids across the globe! You can read a little bit about where the money goes on the Why Donate? page, but I’ll give you some examples, too:

  • Shipping costs: donor goodies, classroom kits, ML kits and thank-you goodies, in addition to needing to be purchased (a not insignificant expense!), also need to be shipped—and we need to pay staff to do that shipping. This is over $100,000 right here.
  • Web hosting fees, despite an Amazon Web Hosting grant, is a significant expense. That is only hosting. No tech staff, no development, no improvement, no design, just straight up keeping our websites up and running. This, too, is over $100,000 each year alone.

Crazy expensive, right? And none of that is even talking about employee salaries and such. Yikes!

So how can you help?

Tomorrow, for Donation Day, NaNoWriMo is running some great promotions. We are calling the day #DoubleUpDay.

The full daily schedule is laid out on the Donation Day page, including links to convert the times to your own time zone, but the gist of it is that we’ll be tweeting non-stop all day from @nanowrimo, as well as hosting three live-stream events. Two of those (at 9 AM and 3 PM PST) will be our Virtual Write-Ins, where we give prompts and encourage people to write and chat and have a good time while getting a lot written.

The third, at 12 PST, is a webcast with NaNoWriMo author of The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer!

Each hour will have a prize, which anyone who donates in that hour is eligible for. There is no limit to how many times in a day someone can donate if they want to try for more than one prize! You can see the full list of prizes on the Donation Day page.

Here’s how the Double-Up side of things works:

  • Double your donation: give $25 and receive the $50 donor goodies.
  • Double your donation (again): look for dollar matches from our friends and sponsors at key hours during the day. We have a total of $14,000 in matching gifts from Marissa Meyer, Verizon, Emily Bristow, an anonymous donor, and 750 Words. These matching gifts will be announced throughout the day and are a really powerful tool to boost donations.
  • Double your current word count, or whatever you normally write in a day. Use the community’s shared momentum to get a jump on your imminent win.
  • Double your noveling karma by halo-ing a fellow Wrimo. Just enter their username and they’ll be sporting new profile hardware within 24 hours. (You can do this for as many friends as you’d like!)

When you make a donation, don’t forget to check with your employer to see if they will match your donation! May employers do this—every little bit helps!

And last, but by no means least, for the DENVER REGION, I am looking for the person who donates the most as of tomorrow night midnight and that person will receive a very special prize pack from yours truly (Niassa). Oh yes, my friends, this is something specific to JUST OUR REGION and you don’t want to miss out!

Thank you all! I look forward to seeing our Donation numbers spike!

Write on? RIGHT ON!

Niassa & Katharine Swan
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Week One is Now Underway! (Here’s some Write-in Info)

Posted by Niassa on November 2, 2015 in NaNoWriMo 2015 |

Welcome to another exciting year of NANOWRIMO!!!! Who else is excited? I know I can’t be the only one! Bwahahahaha!

Okay, first, let me apologize for the number of regional emails you may have been receiving. We don’t normally send too many, but when we do, it’s usually right before and/or right at the beginning of NaNo. Now that we’re into the swing of things, you’ll likely only receive a Regional email from us once a week—unless there’s something super important to share with y’all. I’ll try to keep them short and sweet.

Thanks to those who made it to the Kick-off Party. What an amazing time we had! If you weren’t able to make it this year, that’s okay… there’s always next year! Check out some pics from the party here!

I’ve seen in a few locations (not on the official forums) that some people are surprised we have organized write-ins. This ought to be a shock to them—we have at least ONE write-in every single day of the week! If you’re looking for a write-in—and I highly suggest you come to at least one, because they truly are amazing, inspirational, motivational, and just downright fun—look no further than our official calendar! (Or our weekly regional emails where we outline the write-ins for the week.) You can find our calendar on our regional forum, on our Facebook page, or directly on Google.

So, that said, here is a current list of this week’s upcoming write-ins (ALWAYS check the calendar for the most up-to-date information, though!):

  • Monday, November 2
    • Auraria Faculty and Staff (all are welcome) from 2pm – 4pm
    • Atlanta Bread Company in Aurora from 6pm – 7pm
    • Front Range Community College-Westminster from 7pm – 9pm
  • Tuesday, November 3
    • Panera Bread of Lone Tree from 6pm – 9pm
  • Wednesday, November 4
    • Sojourner’s Coffee and Tea from 3pm – 6pm
  • Thursday, November 5
    • Front Range Community College-Westminster from 2pm – 5pm
    • Smoky Hill Library in Aurora from 6:30pm – 9pm
  • Friday, November 6
    • Sojourner’s Coffee and Tea from 3pm – 6pm
    • Panera Bread of Aurora from 5pm – 8pm
    • Perkins (on Colorado and I-25) from 8pm – 12am
  • Saturday, November 7
    • Stella’s Coffee Haus from 8am – 11am
    • Denver Central Library from 9:30am – 3:30pm
    • English Tealeaves Café of Parker from 3pm – 5pm
  • Sunday, November 8
    • Enchanted Grounds of Littleton (Bowles and Lowell/Platte Canyon) from 3pm – 6pm

One last reminder:


Whether you use a USB drive, external hard drive, cloud storage of some sort (Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, etc.), or some other format, just remember to backup your work. Don’t be like me and lose over 15k words like I did a couple of years ago! If you’re looking for something to use to do your backups, I HIGHLY recommend the NaNoWriMo silicone USB drive bracelet. It’s always with you, if you wear it, and it’s stylish and functional! And even better, some of the proceeds from the purchase goes directly to NaNoWriMo as an organization so that we can keep doing this amazing thing each year.

If you have any questions/concerns, feel free to reach out on the forums, or through one of the other means listed below.

Write on? RIGHT ON!

Niassa and Katharine Swan

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Official Kick-Off Party Information

Posted by Niassa on October 23, 2015 in NaNoWriMo 2015 |

Okay, peeps! This, here, is the official KICK-OFF PARTY information thread! FINALLY! 😉

When: October 31st at 10:00pm – November 1st at 2:00am, with writing beginning at the stroke of midnight (if you’d like to help set up, come on over around 9:30pm)

Where: Innovation Pavilion 9200 E Mineral Ave, Centennial, CO 80112 (for the average person, this is within walking distance of the light rail)

What to bring: This is a potluck, so bring some yummies to share. Let’s try not to make it all sugar-laden foods, though, k? 😉 We will need drinks, food, snacks, etc. Preferably things that aren’t too messy as the venue has an event on Sunday morning and they need the place in the same (or better) condition when we leave as it was when we arrived.

As this occurs on Halloween, feel free to come in costume. Costumes are NOT required, however—this is entirely up to you. We generally have a good mix of costumed and non-costumed people among us, so don’t feel pressured to go in either direction. Wear what is comfortable to you—and something you can write in at midnight!

As we will begin the writing at midnight (Redundancy Department of Redundancy, next left), you’ll want to be sure to bring your method of writing with you, be that pen/paper, computer, typewriter, or even a dictation device (though if you’re dictating, you may want to move off to another area so as to not disturb other writers). Many people also enjoy writing to music—feel free to bring earbuds/headphones and such, as well.

Make sure you sign up on this thread with what you’ll bring for the potluck, and also so we can get a head count. If you’re planning to bring a guest, let us know that, too (even if it’s a tentative… that way we have an approximation for how many people to expect, so we have enough power strips, if ya know what I mean).

Thank you all SO much for being patient as we ironed out these details. Now it’s set and we’re good to go!

Write on? RIGHT ON!

Niassa and Katharine Swan

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