Tavia Stewart


The Office of Letters and Light is proud to announce a 20,000-word scriptwriting challenge – May 10, 2007 – There are some who say writing a script takes awesome talent, strong language skills, academic training, and years of dedication.

Not true. All it really takes is a deadline – a very, very tight deadline – and a whole lot of coffee.

For the last eight Novembers, we have been running National Novel Writing Month (, a month-long 50,000-word “seat of your pants” noveling adventure. With over 75,000 participants and 12,000 winners in 2006, NaNoWriMo has officially become the largest writing contest in the world!

Because we felt that one deadline-driven event a year was not enough, we decided to add another: Script Frenzy, which launches this June! Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants attempt the creatively daring feat of writing an original, full-length screenplay—or stage play—in a single month.

As part of a donation-funded nonprofit, Script Frenzy charges no fee to participate; there are also no valuable prizes awarded or "best" scripts singled out. Every writer who completes the goal of 20,000 words is victorious and awe-inspiring and will get a Script Frenzy Winner's Certificate and web icon proclaiming this fact.

Since the Script Frenzy site launched on May 1, thousands of people have already signed up. Many of those people are right in your backyard. In June they will meet at local cafes and libraries for collective write-ins, because if you’re going to attempt something as crazy as a 20,000-word script in a month, you might as well have company.

Sign-ups are taking place now. Please contact Tavia Stewart if you’re interested in hearing more about Script Frenzy or visit the event website at

About the Office of Letters and Light

The Office of Letters and Light has its roots in National Novel Writing Month, an organization founded in Oakland, Calif., in 1999 by freelance writer Chris Baty. In 2006, Baty and staff created the Office of Letters and Light to run National Novel Writing Month and launch similar new events. In September, 2006, the Office of Letters and Light was officially granted nonprofit status. For more information about all of our programs, visit