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Night of Writing Dangerously
The idea for a write-a-thon fundraiser was inspired by the New York Writers Coalition. After deciding to do a fundraiser, The first Night of Writing Dangerously took place on November 17, 2007. Wrimos who had donated at least $200 to NaNoWriMo, either through Firstgiving or directly through the NaNoWriMo website, were eligible to RSVP and attend the event. The Night of Writing Dangerously also included a candy buffet provided by long-time Wrimo and staff member Cybele May, dinner, a talk by Chris Baty, prizes, and writing.
In 2009, longtime Wrimo and Edmonton municipal liaison Sarah Mackey joined the NaNoWriMo staff to coordinate the write-a-thon. The fundraising methods also changed in several ways: participants raised money via GiftTool instead of Firstgiving, and they had to donate separately for the regular donor goodies thanks to receiving separate Night of Writing Dangerously goodies. However, they still received a halo in December. The event also received its own forum so attendees could ask questions, chat with other attending Wrimos, and live vicariously through those who would be there.
The 2010 Night of Writing Dangerously write-a-thon is planned for November 21, 2010.
For those who can't attend the Night of Writing Dangerously, some regions hold their own regional spinoffs. The Nashville region held the Evening of Scribbling Furiously in 2009 and invited the surrounding regions to the event. In 2010 Nashville will hold the Evening of Scribbling Furiously Recklessly, and the Sydney, Australia region will host the Night of Manuscripting Madness event.