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Sarah Mackey

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Sarah Mackey is National Novel Writing Month's Director of Community Engagement and one of NaNoWriMo's Canadian representatives. She is currently on maternity leave until March 2018.

She has participated in and won NaNoWriMo since 2002 and has served as a Municipal Liaison for the Edmonton, Alberta region from 2003 until joining the NaNoWriMo staff. In 2008 she attended the Night of Writing Dangerously in San Francisco and talked to Chris Baty about working on some NaNoWriMo projects[1]. The next year Sarah joined the NaNoWriMo staff and worked on the Come Write In library outreach program and the Night of Writing Dangerously before officially joining the OLL staff as the Special Projects Manager in 2010. She replaced Nancy Smith as the Community Liaison in 2011[2].

In May and June of 2010 Sarah also completed an internship as a practicum for a public relations diploma. During her internship she worked on NaNoWriMo outreach and public relations. She also gave Wrimos and Screnziers a behind-the-scenes look of what goes on in the OLL office via OLL's various Twitter and Facebook accounts and a video tour of the new office[3][4].

Sarah enjoys knitting, napping, and the lesser-appreciated punctuation marks. She also shares a love of Disney music with past program director Lindsey Grant[5]. She is the lone whooper in the 17 January 2012 episode of The Daily Show[6].


  1. Sarah Mackey. NaNoWriMo Facebook page. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010. http://www.facebook.com/nanowrimo?v=wall&story_fbid=132932216730855
  2. Lindsey Grant. "Community Liaising, Canadian Style" Posted 22 June 2011. http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/node/4035662
  3. Sarah Mackey. "Behind the curtain." 3 May 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010. http://blog.nanowrimo.org/node/420
  4. Sarah Mackey et al. "Office of Letters and Light video tour." 26 May 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010. http://www.viddler.com/explore/NaNoWriMo/videos/27/
  5. Sarah Mackey. "Things I Learned About OLL During My Internship: A Top 10 List by Sarah." 25 June 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010. http://blog.nanowrimo.org/node/427
  6. The Daily Show. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012. http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/tue-january-17-2012-liam-neeson

See Also

Sarah Mackey's NaNoWriMo profile