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Write a Book in a Day Challenge

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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The ultimate writing challenge
It takes most authors about a year to write a novel.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a book and edit, illustrate it and bind it in a single day.

An illustration from Fairy Sparkle Rose

The Write a Book in a Day challenge is now open to teams of five to ten people to write an original book between 2000 and 8000 words for kids at Children's Hospitals across Australia.

Teams can nominate a writing day between now and August 31st. But you only get one day. At 8am on the morning of your writing day, your team will be sent information about two human characters, a non-human character, a setting, an issue and five words that must be used in your book. By 8pm on the same day, you must email your illustrated book to the organisers. Easy, right?

Teams must be registered and there is a $60 entry fee per team.

[ADVERT]If you want to go all out, you can ask people to sponsor your writing efforts, with 100% of sponsorship money going to your local hospital such as Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth, the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide and the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. You must raise a minimum of $240 if you want your book to be judged and be eligible for an award.

There are different types of team you can form depending on whether you are a school group, family group or writers group. The categories include Primary, Middle School, Upper School, Open or Corporate. It's important to remember that a team may not include a member belonging to an older age-group category, and the category you choose will also affect your word count (ie Primary team must write at least 2000 words where the open and corporate teams must write at least 8000 words).

For writers and non-writers alike this is a fun day, albeit a full-on day, to spend with friends and see what amazing worlds you can create. And all the finished products, not to mention all the money raised, will benefit sick kids around the country.
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Why? A fun challenge for writers of all ages
When: From now until 31 August 2014
Where: Across Australia
Cost: $60 registration
Your Comment
What a great idea! Love it!
by Fiona Anderson (score: 2|986) 2558 days ago
How quaint!
I think that this will be most fun.
Is this open to everyone anywhere?
by commo (score: 0|5) 2552 days ago
Hey Shannon, wanna join with me?
by Andrew Situ (score: 2|112) 2538 days ago
Oh I did this once a few years back. It was a memorable experience, that's for sure :)
by Carina Mancinone (score: 1|40) 2544 days ago
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