Every November, kids and adults forsake sleep and basic hygiene to take part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a thirty-day writing contest with strange rules, crummy prizes, and a following like no other on the planet. National Novel Writing Month founder Chris Baty will talk about NaNoWriMo’s improbable ten-year history and share some of the event’s deeply hopeful signs for the publishing industry.
A resident of Oakland, California, Chris has been heading up NaNoWriMo since founding the escapade in 1999. With his startlingly mediocre prose style and complete inability to write credible dialogue, Chris has set a reassuringly low bar for budding novelists everywhere. Chris is an anthropologist by training and a freelance writer by trade; his work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Believer, and Lonely Planet guidebooks. When not bossing strangers around, Chris spends debilitating amounts of time in coffee shops. His mercilessly pants-kicking book, “No Plot? No Problem!,” is available at your favorite bookstore.
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