1 day, 5 challenges, 1,000 words each. Can you keep up?
Welcome to the Asylum: a day of writing challenges for writers!
This is a chance to try something outside your usual realm. Step outside of your comfort zone. Stretch into a new area. Do something just a little crazy, because it’s fun.
Each Asylum is created from scratch by Kess, one of our illustrious WordParents. The prompts include everything you need to do the challenge, including a bonus element with each one for those looking for an extra way to challenge themselves!
Here’s the story so far:
2013: the first Writers’ Asylum 6 challenges in 6 hours, in a day full of craziness. The challenges were across different genres, different subjects, different styles.
2014: Writers’ Asylum: Altered Perspectives The Asylum narrowed its lens to focus on a single theme. There were 5 challenges across the day (with a break for lunch because the inmates got restless without sustenance last time), and each featured a different kind of point of view character.
2015: Writers’ Asylum: Colonising Minds The Asylum shifted focus again: this time, the challenges move around a central story about a colony.
2016: Writers’ Asylum: Mental Battlefields. This time, the Asylum focussed on the story of a single battle, within the scope of a wider war.
2017: Writers’ Asylum: Murder in Mind We’re throwing a party in the Asylum, but it doesn’t go well for everyone.
2018: Writers’ Asylum: Mind and Spirit There’s something supernatural going on! Each challenge has an extra bonus part for you to enjoy, too.
2019: Writers’ Asylum: Time out of Mind Something is wonky in history, but will you have the time to fix it?
2020: Writers’ Asylum: Love in Mind Every relationship has its ups and downs, these challenges take you on the ride.
2021: Writers’ Asylum: Superpowered Where will super powers take you? Jump in and find out!
The next Asylum will open its doors in May 2022.
Here is the breakdown of the day:
Time (Brisbane / AEST)
Opening address / Prologue
11:10am – 12:10pm
12:20pm – 1:20pm
1:20pm – 2:00pm
2:00pm – 3:00pm
3:10pm – 4:10pm
4:20pm – 5:20pm
Closing address / Epilogue
In person: in Brisbane at the Coffee Club at Milton. To find us, head to the back of the restaurant and look for the forest of laptops. That’s us!