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- Note: The subject of this article is often referred to by #StayHomeWriMo. The article is titled StayHomeWriMo due to technical restrictions.
Many national and local governments introduced measures in response to COVID-19. Depending on the locale, these included closing establishments, encouragement to stay at home, shelter-in-place policies, or full lockdowns. As a result, everyone's lives around the world changed in some form in March 2020. As an international organization, NaNoWriMo sought to support Wrimos during this turbulent time.
On March 17, NaNoWriMo staff sent an email to the community with a survey link, asking what NaNoWriMo HQ could do to support the writing community during a time of global uncertainty and right before Camp NaNoWriMo's April session began. Wrimos responded to the survey, and as a result, #StayHomeWriMo began.
Each weekday between March 23 and March 31, NaNoWriMo sent a NaNoMessage to Wrimos with four self-care prompts: one each focusing on mental, creative, social, and physical well-being. NaNo staff also hosted a virtual write-in on Youtube, a tweetchat, and several Instagram live sessions during this time.
A Covid Concerns forum was also created on March 19, giving Wrimos a space to talk and vent about topics such as social distancing, how life has changed, and other related topics.
The #StayHomeWriMo prompts continued through Camp NaNoWriMo with prompts sent out three times a week. NaNoWriMo staff also opened suggestions to the wider Wrimo community. After a special Star Wars-themed prompt set on May 4, NaNoWriMo began concentrating on the creative and mental well-being prompts based on Wrimo feedback.
Schedule of Events
- Wednesday, March 25: Camp NaNoWriMo virtual write-in
- Thursday, March 26: Instagram Live session
- Friday, March 27: #StayHomeWriMo tweetchat and Instagram Happy Hour
- Monday, March 30: Instagram Live session
- Tuesday, March 31: Instagram Live session
- #WriteTheNextChapter, a similar initiative taking place during NaNoWriMo 2020