Novel Marathon

I’ve decided to run a marathon.  Okay, so not really me, just my fingers, my wild imagination and my laptop.  For three days in July, I’ll be sequestered with 31 other writers at Club 55 in Huntsville, Ontario to write the 11th annual Muskoka Novel Marathon to support literacy programs in Muskoka. 

I have 3 days to write a novel.  

And I thought NaNoWriMo was hard.  Yikes!

Here’s the official pitch:

I’m writing a novel (cool, huh?) in 3 days (no, that’s not a typo) on a beautiful weekend in July.

Yep, I am giving up one of the few summer weekends we have to spend 72 hours writing an entire novel from scratch surrounded by 31 other crazy, er, I mean dedicated souls doing the same thing. Why, you ask?

The Muskoka Novel Marathon is an annual fundraiser for the Muskoka Literacy Council. The MLC offers free instruction in literacy, numeracy, computer and basic life skills to out-of-school teens and adults.  “Our students,” says past president Susan Lowe, “have degrees of difficulty with reading and writing or numeracy which greatly impacts their lives and their ability to contribute meaningfully to society.”

So in addition to getting to hang out with a bunch of other writerly types who will also be enduring sleep deprivation, occasional technical difficulties and characters who won’t do what we want them to do, I’ll be raising funds for this amazing organization.

Please help me to support literacy in Muskoka. Even a toonie makes a difference, but since our goal is to raise $10,000 this year (that’s more than $300 per writer) I’m hoping you’ll be able to spare a bit more.

Thanks for your support!

I’ve already outlined the novel I intend to write, Across Morrow Bridge, which you can find details about on my website:

So, if you’re feeling generous and would like to support literacy in Muskoka, please drop me a note and I’ll be glad to take your pledge.  Either way, I’ll be posting my progress on Twitter that weekend and hope you’ll cheer me on as my brain and fingers begin to cramp.

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