VIA Contributors

Behind every VIA article there's an intrepid reporter risking sunburn on an exotic Tahitian cruise, indigestion on San Francisco's best food tours, and over-exfoliation in the West Coast's most relaxing spas. These are the men and women who lived to tell the tale.

Chris Baty


In 1999, Chris Baty created National Novel Writing Month, wherein participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript during the month of November. Those who complete the challenge on time are deemed to be "winners" in this noncompetitive group endeavor, where quality of writing takes a distant second place to quantity. In 2005, nearly 60,000 people took part and more than 10,000 succeeded.

In addition to No Plot? No Problem!, a guide for high-speed novelists, Baty has written for SF Weekly and East Bay Express. To learn more about National Novel Writing Month, visit