Head down a path of creativity

18 somethings colfax trainsThere are mere hours left to head down a path of activating your creativity! The fourth edition of The 18 Somethings Project will run July 1-18. This writing adventure is 18 days of writing 10 minutes a day, sharing/receiving ONLY positive feedback with a stranger, and jump-starting (or re-starting!) your creative life. Lots of magic has emerged from the previous 3 editions, like folks finishing novels and starting writing groups.

Sign up before 11:11pm PST tonight (June 22) by filling out a short Google form and sending in your donation. Questions? 18somethings [at] gmail [dot] com.

Image: Train tracks in Colfax, CA.

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The 18 Somethings Project is back!

It’s summer and The 18 Somethings Project is back! I’m stoked to be running the fourth edition July 1-18. It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since the amazing Janet Frishberg and I conceived of and implemented this project, in honor of our June birthdays. Since June 2013, we’ve had more than 160 unique participants in 6 countries. We’ve seen a lot of brilliance come out of this project–new friendships, collaborations, writing group formations, and people continuing to exchange 10-minute writes on their own.

In case you missed it, The 18 Somethings project is an 18-day writing adventure to activate your creativity. Participants write for 10 minutes a day on a prompt, exchange their writing with an awesome partner we assign, and share/receive only positive feedback. A few things are new this time around, including image-based prompts (in addition to words/sentences) and a fancy new website.

Sign up by 11:11pm PST on June 22. Receive your partner by June 26. Start writing July 1. Let the magic happen for the next 18+ days. For more info on the process, FAQs, and to sign up, head to 18somethingsproject.com.

The images above are from the thought-provoking week I just spent at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. I was one of 20 folks participating in Tent: Encounters with Jewish Culture, a creative writing workshop. The week was full of workshops, seminars, conversations about Jewishness and literature, field trips to places like Big Wheel Press and the rare book room at Smith College–and I’m still digesting it all. I was inspired by the stunning scenery of the northeast, by the newness of these places, by the ridiculously smart people I encountered, and the small bits of quiet time to walk, read, and write.

Hope to be writing with you this July! Please reach out if you have any questions about The 18 Somethings Project: July Edition.

The 18 Somethings Project: June Edition #2

the 18 somethings project caroline kessler janet frishbergIt’s that time of year again, when Janet and I want to celebrate their birthdays with you by embarking on a writing adventure.

The idea, by the numbers, is this:

  • 18 days of writing for 10 minutes each day;
  • 18 original prompts we created especially for all of us;
  • 1 daily prompt, sent to you each morning by Janet or Caroline;
  • 1 supportive partner who reads your work and sends you only positive feedback, and vice versa;
  • Infinite: the amount of amazingness that can come out of this.

Learn more about the process behind the writing and the feedback on our updated websiteYou don’t have to be or call yourself a writer to participate in this. We believe writing and creativity is for everyone. If this scares or excites you at all, even more reason to do it!

You have until 11.11am PST on May 18 to sign up! There’s way more info on our site, or drop me a line with questions.