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Welcome to the MediaWiki instance supporting the cities and suburbs west of Chicago). Feel free to look around and help edit pages on this wiki. See these instructions on MediaWiki markup and these help instructions. Visit our blog for the latest news and helpful articles or our NaNoWriMo regional forum. We also have a cafepress shop that helps offset our local expenses.

Important disclaimer: this website is managed by the West Suburban Writers, not NaNoWriMo.

What is NaperWriMo?

Originally created to be a local partner to NaNoWriMo that provided the international organization, structure and online forums but relied on local (regional) organizations for the face-to-face support and local events (preparatory events and write-ins) that really enrich the whole NaNoWriMo experience.

NaperWriMo regionally represents the cities and suburbs west of Chicago. Do visit our calendar of events (most events are October-December).

We're a fun group that even has our own regional songs, which have figured into our friendly wagers with other regions over total regional wordcount.

What is NaNoWriMo?

See the official explanation and our local Frequently Asked Questions list/press release. In brief, NaNoWriMo is the National Novel Writing Month contest that is intended to help people write and complete their own 50,000+ word novel in the 30 days of November each year. What is the prize? A sense of completion and a handsome PDF file certificate. CreateSpace each of the past few years has, as a promotion, given each NaNoWriMo winner a paperback copy of their completed book. NaNoWriMo works because of the enthusiasm, energy and supportive spirit of the participants, which is expressed in the NaNoWriMo forums and in live regional events like the ones hosted by Illinois::Naperville.

NaNoWriMo How-to Guides and Lists

Things Useful To Writers

These are links to online references useful to writers.

Local lists

Other lists, sites and articles

Illinois::Naperville Events and Resources

For the calendar and latest event information, see


2013 NaperWriMo

2012 NaperWriMo

2011 NaperWriMo

2010 NaperWriMo

Note: Illinois::Naperville has existed as a separate region since 2005; for more information, see Region history

Regional Slack Chatroom

In 2016, Naperville is trying out a Slack chatroom (see To get access, enter your e-mail address on this page. You will receive your account credentials through e-mail and be able to join the room.

Slack has an advantage over IRC in that there is contextual history preserved for the room, so that people can interact with each other asynchronously (where in IRC you might miss a person by seconds and never know that they had been there at all).

To run a word war, you can go to the #wordwars slack channel and run a command like this: /remind @here Stop writing :hamster: :hamster: :hamster: :broken_heart: :broken_heart: :bangbang: :bangbang: !!! in 17 minutes

Note that for privacy reasons, people's e-mail addresses are not displayed in their slack profiles (this is a slack channel configuration option we've decided to do).

Regional IRC Chatroom

See Regional IRC Chatroom since we are now using the slack chatroom.