We offer multiple affinity groups for writers of marginalized identities to connect with one another, share experiences, exchange resources, and identify successes and challenges that impact their ability to engage with others or our programs. Currently, we host groups for Writers of Color; Disabled, Neurodivergent, and Chronically Ill Writers; LGBTQIA+ Writers, and more. Plenty of educational institutions and community groups utilize affinity groups to improve communication, relationships, and collaboration within a diverse group of people. We want NaNoWriMo to be a place where all writers can feel at home, especially writers who have not historically felt safe and included in writing spaces. Affinity groups are one way of making that happen! You can read more about our commitment to DEI work here.
We acknowledge that the terminology we use doesn't fit everyone's self identity. We use shorthand to title our groups, and do so to explicitly invite specific groups to our events. During affinity group meetings, people can share freely and without inhibition about their experiences. These groups make them feel more visible and more included in our community and in doing so, enhance our commitment to inclusivity.