Sharpen your pencils (or charge your laptop) for the upcoming Weekend Writing Marathon

Do you feel like you have an idea for the next great Canadian novel, but can never find the time to write? Do you like the idea of working in a welcoming and comfortable space filled with other writers? If so, sharpen your pencils (or charge your laptop) for Calgary Write Club’s upcoming writing marathon!

The marathon is happening at Loft 112 from July 23 to 24, 2016. The marathon boasts 26 hours of writing time spread across two days. You can purchase a wristband at the door for $10, which gives you all-weekend access.

Organizers Ella Beaumont and Ron Bender run Calgary Write Club, which aims to foster writing productivity across all genres through meet-ups and writing marathons.

“Every person has different times when they’re most creative, so you can come and go as you please, and stay as long as you want,” Ella said. “It’s always a lot of fun, and you get a lot of work done!”

Participants are invited to write their word count goal on their wristbands, and the numbers are tallied up at the end of the marathon.

“Our biggest marathon was just over 164,000 words — that’s more than a full-sized novel,” Ron said. “This is a great event for anyone interested in working on a project.”

Ron said the writing marathon is not just for fiction writers — writers of all backgrounds and abilities are invited to carve out a chunk of time, free from distractions, to tackle whatever writing project is on their to-do list.

Some of the work from past participants has included essays, short stories and novels.

“The beauty of the marathon is that if you commit to be there for the whole time, you can get through a lot of mental blocks because you can’t run away from your work,” Ella said. “We had one person write an entire novel during one of our weekends.”

Calgary Write Club welcomes all writers

Ella, who has a publishing background and is a fixture in Calgary’s fiction community, started Calgary Write Club in 2012.

“I tend to have a bit of an evil internal editor, which is a positive thing for my job, but not so good when I’m actually writing,” Ella said. “I created Write Club because I found it was a lot easier to get motivated to get words out when there were a lot of other people writing around me.”

For Ron, Calgary Write Club provided the productivity needed to pen five novels in one year.

“You can’t sell it if you don’t have it, and you can’t edit if it’s still in your head,” Ron said. “It’s important to just get writing.”

“Anyone can come and join us,” Ella said. “There’s no fee or expectations because we’re not doing critiquing. It’s just for production and so that you have a place to meet with other authors and work on your craft. A couple of people said they wouldn’t be writing if it wasn’t for Write Club, which is a big deal for me.”

Calgary Write Club participants have seen success with published short stories and one author received a publishing deal with a small press in the United Kingdom. Ella said writers have also formed valuable connections with each other, and shared information across genres.

“It’s a nice, supportive group with no pressure,” Ella said. “Come when you can and stay as long as you want.”

Calgary Write Club Weekend Writing Marathon

Date: July 23-July 24, 2016

Writing Marathon Hours:

Saturday July 23, 10:00 am to midnight (14 hours)

Sunday July 24, 11:00 am to 11:00 pm (12 hours)

Contact Calgary Write Club by emailing calgarywriteclub@gmail.com.

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