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Camp NaNoWriMo

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Camp NaNoWriMo is a "light" version of NaNoWriMo done in months outside of the official Nano in November. It debuted in July 2011 and ran two months - July and August.

A New Proposed Event

A version of Camp NaNoWriMo has been in OLL's three-year strategic plan since since the strategic plan's creation in 2008[1].Speculation began in August 2009 of a proposed year-round Nanowrimo when Chris Baty posted a blog post chronicling his and Lindsey Grant's trip to the screenprinter for the 2009 NaNoWriMo shirts[2]. One of the shirts featured a Camp NaNoWriMo design with the logo "An idyllic writers retreat, smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life".

Speculation fueled in October when the Fund-o-Meter showed Camp NaNoWriMo at the $750,000 spot. The text read, "750K = A very exciting new program codenamed 'Camp NaNoWriMo' will be developed and built. The program will bring a free, year-round version of NaNo to the Internet in early 2011. That's right, NaNo citizens: ALL YEAR ROUND!"[3] When fundraising hit the book before the $750,000 level, Wrimos began to speculate even more about the specific nature of Camp NaNoWriMo. In December, Dragonchilde explained on the forums that Camp NaNoWriMo would give Wrimos some of the tools to do NaNo and that its existence was contingent on funding[4]

In May 2011 the NaNoWriMo staff made a teaser announcement about Camp NaNoWriMo, along with plans for a Camp and Guts donation drive[5]. The Camp NaNoWriMo website opened on 29 June 2011.

Camp Nanowrimo

Camp ran for two months: July and August of 2011. Each month was its own separate event; participants could choose to participate in either July, August, or both. The goal for each month was the same as regular Nano: 50,000 words. Previous participants of Nanowrimo and Script Frenzy could simply log in with their existing usernames and were automatically entered into the appropriate month based on their activity on the website. The rules are identical to regular Nano.

Site features

The website featured a profile similar to My NaNoWriMo with some user and novel information (including a larger profile picture). The stats page initially had a count down toward 50,000, but was reverted a few days in to a stats page like the regular Nanowrimo. It also has a private message system (through which weekly pep talks from Lindsey were sent) and a cabins feature that debuted in August.

Notably, the Camp Nano website does not have a forum system. To facilitate community while the Cabin feature was under construction, a Camp Nano forum was created in the December and Beyond section. The forums were moderated by eensybeensyspider and were locked after the end of August.


A feature exclusive to Camp Nano is the introduction of cabins, which were functional during the August Camp Nano. Participants had the option of inviting other Wrimos into their cabin, joining a random cabin (or cabins of the same age/genre), or elect not to join a cabin. Cabins had a central "wall" on which they could post messages to all other cabingoers in their cabin (but were unviewable outside of their cabin).

Cabin challenges were also run by eensybeensyspider during the August month. These consisted of writing challenges done as a collaboration between cabinmates and submitted on the forum for judging.

External Links


  1. NaNoWriMo history. Retrieved 31 August 2010. http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/history
  2. Chris Baty. "Field trip to Babylon!" 22 August 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2010. http://blog.nanowrimo.org/node/247
  3. NaNoWriMo Fund-o-Meter. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
  4. Dragonchilde. "RE: What is the Year Round Camp NaNoWriMo Thing?" Posted 10 December 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2010. http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/node/3474880#comment-4486803
  5. Lindsey Grant. "Let's all go to camp. Camp NaNoWriMo!" Camp NaNoWriMo announcement. Retrieved 21 May 2011. http://www.nanowrimo.org/node/4032185