Writing Events at the Sprint Shack

Writing Events at the Sprint Shack 2014Writing is the name of the game here. We want to help you to write the stories locked in your hearts, to release the creativity bottled up inside and let it flow across the page in a flood of words and pixie dust.

Sometimes, though, your idea reserves are blocked or run dry. When that happens, writing even a single line can feel like punishment. Writing isn’t a punishment. It should be a joy.

Team Sprint Shack want to help those stymied by writer’s block or suffering from an idea drought. To do that, we have some fun and inspirational (funspirational?) events lined up during the run-up to Camp NaNoWriMo in April. Here’s what we have in store for you over the coming months…


February: The Writing Prompt-A-Thon

The Writing Prompt-A-Thon kicked off on Facebook at the start of February. Each day this month, we’ll post a writing prompt for you and repost any writing prompts you send to us!

What kind of writing prompts are your favourites? Pictures, music, quotes, opening lines? Let us know in a comment below and we’ll make sure we include those in our stockpile.


March: The Story Shuffle

For March, we have a writing game planned! It requires some prep though. Throughout February, we’d love for you to submit some short character bios, settings, time eras/years and items of interest, either in the comments below, on Twitter (tweet to @TheSprintShack), Facebook (message the Sprint Shack), or through email (send to thesprintshack@gmail.com).

We’ll write each bio, setting, era/year and item on index cards and give each group a good shuffle. When March arrives, we’ll pick a card from each pile and these will combine to give you your writing challenge for the day! Then you can write your story during our regular word sprinting events!

Want an example? We’d pick out one bio, setting, era/year and item card and ask you to write a story based on that. For instance:

Bio: a cigar-smoking woman in her thirties, with a tattoo of an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph on her wrist and a tendency to limp when under stress
Setting: tea parlour
Era/Year: 2403
Item of interest: golf club

Now, what kind of story could you make from that? One you might never think of otherwise, that’s for sure!

We’ll write a post with further details and more information closer to March. For now, start submitting those Story Shuffle prompts—one, two, three or all four of them!


April: Camp NaNoWriMo

The first Camp NaNoWriMo is in April this year! Excited? We certainly are! Though we haven’t anything set in stone yet, we’re planning some events to make Camp NaNoWriMo 2014 the best one yet.

Do you have any suggestions or preferences for events? What would make your Camp session particularly writerrific? Let us know in the comments section below!


Which events will you be taking part in? Do you have a prompt for the Prompt-A-Thon or Story Shuffle?

2 thoughts on “Writing Events at the Sprint Shack

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