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NaNoWriMo: Significance Beyond the Purple Bar

It’s the first of November already, and across the land thousands of NaNoWrimo participants are feverishly writing their first 1,666-word installment — the magic number to attain daily if they’re to complete a 50,000-word novel by month’s end. The appeal of NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month) is simple and potent: Participants pledge to […]

Community, in New Form (and Name)

Last year, the conference marked its 30th anniversary. Reflecting on this milestone, we were struck by the relationships and sense of community that have developed in our midst over the decades. Pulitzers and National Book Awards have been won by our faculty; established writers have mentored new, uncertain ones; alumni have published their own works, […]