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Global Write-In Crawl

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The Global Write-In Crawl (or GWIC) is a Wrimo-led event created by a group of Municipal Liaisons during NaNoWriMo 2020. It was created as a way for Wrimos to connect with others during the COVID-19 pandemic, as in-person write-ins were disallowed.

As 2020 was the first year of hosting the event, participation was limited to Wrimos affiliated with one of the participating regions so the event would not be overwhelming to organizers.

The write-in crawl took place on Discord from November 6 at 10:00 AM UTC-5 to November 8 at 3:00 AM UTC-5.

Participating regions

The following regions participated in the 2020 Global Write-In Crawl. Times are in UTC-5 and 24-hour time.

Region Time
Asia :: Malaysia 6 November, 10:00 - 11:00
Canada :: New Brunswick :: Fredericton 6 November, 11:00 - 12:00
USA :: Georgia :: Atlanta 6 November, 12:00 - 13:00
Europe :: Belgium :: Flanders 6 November, 13:00 - 15:00
Europe :: England :: Elsewhere 6 November, 15:00 - 17:00
USA :: North Carolina :: Raleigh-Durham 6 November, 17:00 - 19:00
USA :: Kansas :: Topeka 6 November, 19:00 - 21:00
USA :: Michigan :: Ottawa County-Grand Rapids 6 November, 21:00 - 22:00
USA :: Minnesota :: Elsewhere 6 November, 22:00 - 23:00
USA :: California :: Los Angeles 6 November, 23:00 - 24:00
USA :: Washington :: Snohomish County 7 November, 00:00 - 01:00
USA :: Washington :: Seattle 7 November, 01:00 - 03:00
USA :: Georgia :: Atlanta 7 November, 03:00 - 06:00
Europe :: England :: Birmingham-West Midlands 7 November, 06:00 - 07:00
Europe :: Iceland 7 November, 07:00 - 09:00
USA :: Georgia :: Augusta 7 November, 09:00 - 10:00
USA :: Tennessee :: Chattanooga 7 November, 10:00 - 11:00
Europe :: England :: Birmingham-West Midlands 7 November, 11:00 - 12:00
Europe :: Hungary 7 November, 12:00 - 13:00
USA :: Iowa :: Grinnell 7 November, 13:00 - 14:00
USA :: Ohio :: Canton 7 November, 14:00 - 15:00
Europe :: France :: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 7 November, 15:00 - 17:00
Europe :: England :: London 7 November, 17:00 - 19:00
USA :: California :: Long Beach and Torrance 7 November, 19:00 - 20:00
USA :: Massachusetts :: Western Mass 7 November, 20:00 - 22:00
USA :: North Carolina :: Elsewhere 7 November, 22:00 - 23:00
USA :: Washington :: Snohomish County 7 November, 23:00 - 24:00
USA :: Washington :: Tacoma & Pierce County 8 November, 00:00 - 01:00
USA :: Nevada :: Las Vegas 8 November, 01:00 - 03:00

Badges

The Global Write-In Crawl provided virtual travel stamps for Wrimos who visited a given region.

Communications to Participants

Below is an example of how MLs shared information about the event with their regions, drawn from the Raleigh-Durham, NC region's forum thread.

We’ve been working hard with MLs from around the country and the world to plan an amazing weekend event for all of our WriMos to participate in. We’ll be taking a tour of NaNoWriMo Regional Discord servers to write together, meet each other, and learn a little about everyone’s region. We’re taking that whole Day of Writing Everywhere principle to another level this year.

When: This event will begin at 10am EST on Friday, November 6 and continue through 3am EST on Sunday, November 8. Which is a total of 40 hours of cross-regional writing and chatting.

Where: This cross-regional event will take place on Discord across several servers. You can attend while NaNoRDU is hosting on our very own Discord server. To attend times when other regions are hosting, you’ll want to join the Global Write-In Crawl (GWIC) Discord server. This will have basic information about the event, the full schedule, and invitations to all the participating Discord Servers. You can join the GWIC Discord Server with this soon to be added link (which will only be active through November 8, 2020).

What: Virtually travel the globe to meet writers from across the US and the world and share some writing time. You can attend as many or as few of the individual region’s write-ins as you like. You can also help NaNoRDU introduce the Raleigh-Durham area to others by posting in the #about-nanordu channel opening soon. You can also earn extra NaNoRDU “stickers” for attending these events by reporting in at the end of each stop and letting an ML know that you’re participating. (More details on how to do all of this coming soon.)

You’ll also be able to earn travel stamps and other digital flair during the event. You can find additional information on the central FAQ that the MLs planning the event have put together for everyone. (Link will be added shortly!)

When are we hosting? NaNoRDU will be hosting writers from other participating regions on Friday, November 6 from 5pm to 7pm. This will take place on our NaNoRDU Discord server in the specially designated GWIC channels. (Event posted here so you can RSVP if you like. 8)

When will the NaNoRDU MLs be at the event with us? While we haven’t finalized our plans yet, we’ll be participating in this write-in crawl as well, and we’ll let folks know which stops we plan to attend. We encourage you to share which you’ll be attending as well so folks can know when they’ll have a local buddy along for the trip.

What’s the full schedule? The complete schedule of stops can be found further down thread here.

Welcome to the Global Write-in travel agency, we are happy you decided to take a look at the events we have planned for the upcoming season.

If you choose to join us you will be (virtually) travelling the world. With a write-in stop at every location. What you need: a discord account, a NaNoWriMo project and time to write from November 6th to November 8th 2020.

If you are planning to step aboard, please read the following information.

We hope you will enjoy the trip

Happy writing The Flight attending ML’s

1. What is the Global Write-in crawl The Global (Virtual) Write-In Crawl, or GWIC, is an ML-led virtual event during which participants can visit the virtual writing spaces (Discord) of other regions, participate in writing events in those regions and earn travel stamps based on their participation.

2. Date and time of the event The GWIC will be held the weekend of November 7th (the first weekend in November From November 6, 2020 10:00 AM until November 8, 2020 3:00 AM . An exact time table and reminders for each event can be found in the GWIC discord server [join link coming soon]. [list of times and hosts]

3. About the regions participating There are 26 regions participating in this event: [list of participating regions]

4. Who can participate Participation is limited to members of regions who have signed up to host GWIC events only. It is the first year of the event and the first time any of us have tried something on this scale, there is a concern that the number of participants could be overwhelming.

5. How to participate Every participant will have to sign up using this form [link]. On the day the event starts the link to the events discord server will be shared here. And you’ll move to the starting line, by clicking the invitation: [link]

When the event in a region starts you will be able to find an invitation to that region in the GWIC server. After you’ve participated in that event, you may log your word count with this form [link]. Doing so will earn you a travel stamp unique to that region.

Please note that if you are signing up after the start of the event, you won’t be able to add your word count to an event for a while, this might take up to an hour.

6. How to submit a wordcount After you’ve participated in that event, you may log your word count with this form [link]. Doing so will earn you a travel stamp unique to that region.

Please note that if you are signing up after the start of the event, you won’t be able to add your word count to an event for a while, this might take up to an hour.

7. Mayday, I’ve added a wrong Wordcount. What to do? You can fill in this form [link] and we’ll try to set things right. This might take some time, it needs to be changed manually. Please do check your forms for mistakes before submitting.

8. Travel stamps You earn travel stamps by participating in an event and logging your word count. Your earned stamps can be gazed upon by clicking this link [link].

Non Mac users can us this way to find your name in the vast amount of data:

Hold the control button on the keyboard and press F. The find window will open up Enter your name For those on MAC: use the ⌘ + f combination and follow the same steps.

If you are on mobile, please scroll down to find your name.

9. The event has already started, can I still join If you are a member of a regions who have signed up to host GWIC events, you can still participate. More info on how to sign up can be found here [link].

10. How do I travel from one region to another? If you join our GWIC “hub server”, you will find out more about the events schedule, the links to the different regional Discord servers and the rules of the event.

When an event is about to open, an invitation to the location of the event will be shared in the GWIC server. By clicking the invitation you’ll jump to the organising region.

Make sure to always read the info, a region left for you, upon your arrival. The usual NaNo Rules will apply to all the events, but a region might have added a note or comment to it.

Participation and Word Counts

The following tables show the number of participants and the number of words written and reported at each stop and collectively by each region.

By Stop

Event Host Region ! Total participants Total words written
Stop 1 Asia :: Malaysia 57 35657
Stop 2 Canada :: New Brunswick :: Fredericton 57 22836
Stop 3 USA :: Georgia :: Atlanta 52 22464
Stop 4 Europe :: Belgium :: Flanders 61 40339
Stop 5 Europe :: England :: Elsewhere 54 31981
Stop 6 USA :: North Carolina :: Raleigh-Durham 50 33487
Stop 7 USA :: Kansas :: Topeka 41 48181
Stop 8 USA :: Michigan :: Ottawa County-Grand Rapids 44 29844
Stop 9 USA :: Minnesota :: Elsewhere 38 24186
Stop 10 USA :: California :: Los Angeles 36 26958
Stop 11 USA :: Washington :: Snohomish County 37 23911
Stop 12 USA :: Washington :: Seattle 33 23828
Stop 13 USA :: Georgia :: Atlanta 17 19930
Stop 14 Europe :: England :: Birmingham-West Midlands 32 21900
Stop 15 Europe :: Iceland 38 24829
Stop 16 USA :: Georgia :: Augusta 28 15801
Stop 17 USA :: Tennessee :: Chattanooga 28 14132
Stop 18 Europe :: England :: Birmingham-West Midlands 43 26158
Stop 19 Europe :: Hungary 45 19491
Stop 20 USA :: Iowa :: Grinnell 32 9605
Stop 21 USA :: Ohio :: Canton 38 20959
Stop 22 Europe :: France :: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 56 40777
Stop 23 Europe :: England :: London 53 47089
Stop 24 USA :: California :: Long Beach and Torrance 33 17256
Stop 25 USA :: Massachusetts :: Western Mass 40 23978
Stop 26 USA :: North Carolina :: Elsewhere 31 17305
Stop 27 USA :: Washington :: Snohomish County 27 13833
Stop 28 USA :: Washington :: Tacoma & Pierce County 28 15107
Stop 29 USA :: Nevada :: Las Vegas 40 42089
TOTAL Across All Events 308 753911

By Region

Regions Total participants ! Total words written
Asia :: Malaysia 10 62321
Canada :: New Brunswick :: Fredericton 1 1781
Europe :: Belgium :: Flanders 13 19351
Europe :: England :: Birmingham-West Midlands 20 50229
Europe :: England :: Elsewhere 12 19335
Europe :: England :: London 29 30041
Europe :: France :: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 27 77068
Europe :: Hungary 9 16507
Europe :: Iceland 2 1933
USA :: California :: Long Beach and Torrance 5 13286
USA :: California :: Los Angeles 14 24943
USA :: Georgia :: Atlanta 12 38706
USA :: Georgia :: Augusta 12 40772
USA :: Iowa :: Grinnell 0 0
USA :: Kansas :: Topeka 4 31125
USA :: Massachusetts :: Western Mass 14 13823
USA :: Michigan :: Ottawa County-Grand Rapids 16 26679
USA :: Minnesota :: Elsewhere 15 47923
USA :: Nevada :: Las Vegas 11 28473
USA :: North Carolina :: Elsewhere 0 0
USA :: North Carolina :: Raleigh-Durham 18 78718
USA :: Ohio :: Canton 13 30830
USA :: Tennessee :: Chattanooga 8 9143
USA :: Washington :: Seattle 24 31712
USA :: Washington :: Snohomish County 15 44448
USA :: Washington :: Tacoma & Pierce County 3 1499
Other: 1 13265
TOTAL PARTICIPANTS 308 753911

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