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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. In 2012 Camp NaNoWriMo ran in June and August. 2013 Camp NaNoWriMo will run in April and July.

A New Proposed Event

A version of Camp NaNoWriMo has been in OLL's three-year strategic plan 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.

In 2012 Camp NaNo's sessions were moved to June and August, as holding events two months in a row proved to be extremely difficult for the staff, particularly from a technical perspective.

Camp NaNo 2013 will take place in April and July.

The Camp Nanowrimo Event

Each month of Camp NaNo is its own separate event; participants can choose to participate in either session (July or August in 2011, June or August in 2012, April or July in 2013) or both. The default goal for each month is the same as regular Nano: 50,000 words. Previous participants of Nanowrimo and Script Frenzy can simply log in with their existing usernames and are automatically entered into the appropriate month upon creating a novel for the event. The rules are identical to regular NaNo, except you can choose any word count goal (between 10,000 and 999,999, inclusive), and may write either a novel or a script.

Site features

The Camp NaNoWriMo website features 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 and other OLL staff are sent, and a cabins feature that debuted in August 2011. Camp NaNoWriMo does not have MLs, but some regions hold camp write-ins.


A feature exclusive to Camp Nano is the introduction of cabins, a small message board containing four to six participants that became functional in August 2011. Participants have the option of inviting specific Wrimos into their cabin, joining a cabin with participants of the same age, activity level, word count goal, or genre. They may also opt to join a random cabin or not to join a cabin at all. Cabins have a central "wall" on which Wrimos post messages to all other campers in their cabin. These messages are viewable only to other Wrimos in that cabin. The NaNo tech team runs cabin assignments frequently, so new cabinmates can show up in a cabin after the month begins and users can switch cabins if they so desire. Cabins close a few days after the event ends, but participants can continue to connect through private messages or through the main NaNo forums.

Cabin challenges were also run by eensybeensyspider in August 2011. These consisted of writing challenges done as a collaboration between cabinmates and submitted on the forum for judging. It was not brought back in 2012.

Camp NaNoWriMo Forums

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 of the NaNoWriMo site. The forums were moderated by eensybeensyspider in 2011 and were locked after the end of August.

In 2012 Camp NaNoWriMo became a section of the forums, near the top of the index, with Campfire Circle and Camp Tech Help populating that section. These forums remained open post-camp but were moved to the bottom of the index in September and were removed during the 2012 NaNo site relaunch.

In March of 2013, Campfire Circle and Camp Tech Help (the latter was renamed "Camp Tech Help & Feedback") were brought back for the 2013 camp sessions and were put near the top of the index. There were also two new boards: Special Offers and Greetings from Camp NaNo Sponsors and Finding Cabin Mates. In Early August, the two new boards were removed, and the other two were moved to the middle of the index, and then to the bottom of the index in Late August.

Camp NaNo Stats

2011 had 6,400 July Participants, 6,236 August Participants, 1,755 total winners. It placed second for best first session, SF has first place for that award.

2012 grew to 15,307 June Particpants, 12,859 August Participants, 3,579 total winners. Its win rate ended up being 2% higher than NaNo's 2012 win rate, despite only having 28,166 total participants, 8.2% of the NaNo 2012 participant total of 341,375.

2013 grew to 23,221 April Participants, 22,227 July Participants (45,448 total participants) . This was the first year that both sessions of Camp NaNo individually exceeded participant totals in Script Frenzy's peak year (2010). The number of 2013 Camp NaNo Winners has not been released.

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