Susan, our local library is a quasi-sponsor – one of their employees is our local coordinator, and some of the meetings take place in the library. It’s a wonderful opportunity to promote literacy and discipline, as you note. BTW the web site is http:www.nanowrimo.org. You may be able to find a nearby group to join by checking out the state and local online organizations; I actually belong to two groups, one of which has met to write once a month all year long. It’s a hoot – if nothing else, you’ll get to meet writers just like yourself face-to-face.