Will you accept the Pen to Paper Challenge?
Throughout September, writers of all ages and varieties will commit to putting their heads down and their pens to paper to raise money for the Sydney Story Factory.
This might mean keeping a creative journal for a month, writing Chapter 10 of your long-neglected novel, six new poems, a short story, 1,000 words on that tricky article, or something entirely different - what matters is that you challenge yourself to just sit down and WRITE.
Then you create a fundraising page, ask friends and family to sponsor you, and the proceeds go to help us run more free creative writing workshops for marginalised kids. It's like the City to Surf, for those who'd rather write than run.
As an extra incentive - our top fundraiser will WIN naming rights for a character in crime writer Michael Robotham's next novel. Michael can't promise whether they'll be hero, villain, or victim, but they will be immortalised in print in at least a dozen languages.
Nine amazing writers have signed up as our ambassadors for the challenge: Larissa Behrendt; Patrick Lenton; Jackie French; Fiona McFarlane; Benjamin Law; Avril Tremayne; Zohab Khan; Bri Eloise Lee; Zoya Patel.
The Pen to Paper Challenge is not just for adults. Kids and school groups are welcome too.