I’m looking at YOU NaNoWriMo.
What we stand for, what we stand against.
As a creative writing nonprofit, we’re not a political organization. We don’t endorse candidates or support any particular party. In an ideal world, we would focus only on empowering people to write.
Yet we find ourselves in a time where people’s ability to tell their stories—and even to safely exist—is at stake.
NaNoWriMo strives to be a gateway and sanctuary for people’s voices. Our guiding belief is that every person’s story matters, and we celebrate the inclusion of all religions, races, genders, sexualities, and countries of origin. We help people find a safe space to be who they are—creators, storytellers, and world changers.
Because of this core organizational value, we join the many voices standing against the presidential executive order that bans refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
For over 15 years, we’ve had the privilege of writing alongside a community from over 200 countries, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. We don’t build walls. We strive to dissolve borders through stories, the vital human narratives that expand our worlds.
So while we are not a political organization, we feel moved to take action.
In response to the executive order, as well as any future government efforts that threaten people’s basic freedoms, we will:
- Celebrate creativity over apathy, diversity over fear, and productivity over despair.
- Welcome all stories and continue to make NaNoWriMo a safe space for all writers.
- Advocate for the transformative power of storytelling to connect people and build a better world.
If you have concrete ideas for how we can work toward these goals (or if you have feedback about anything in this message), please share your thoughts.
Thank you for being part of NaNoWriMo. We are all individuals of different beliefs and backgrounds, but we come together through a shared passion. We pledge to remember that, and to look to our community as a model and inspiration, as we get to the work ahead.
With gratitude and optimism,
Welp, there goes any chance I’ll ever do NaNoWriMo again. “While we’re not a political organization, we’re going to be blatantly political.” NaNoWriMo is a way for writers to get together and have fun. If you’ve inserted politics into this, then you’ve destroyed the purpose. I can tell from the drivel about “diversity” and “safe spaces” that the thing about “different beliefs” is just crap. You don’t want anyone involved who might make others feel “unsafe.” You don’t want anyone who isn’t an SJW bootlicking liberal. So screw you, NaNoWriMo, I don’t need you to be able to write.