Renew 2021 Edition: Details and Sign Up

Dear friends,

We’re approaching the Spring Equinox in this hemisphere and excited to announce the Renew 2021 Edition of The 18 Somethings Project, a writing adventure that has always been virtual. Below is a lot more information on what this is, how to sign up, finding a partner, and more. We’d love for you to write with us, 18 days in a row (!): March 21 – April 7.

We write for 10 minutes because it is an accessible amount of time. In 10 minutes a day, over the course of months or years, a person can accomplish a lot. 10 minutes a day can help overcome resistance and (re)build a writing muscle. 

If you already know you’re ready to sign up, here’s the form. If you want more details, read on!

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J & C

We write for 10 minutes because it is an accessible amount of time. In 10 minutes a day, over the course of months or years, a person can accomplish a lot. 10 minutes a day can help overcome resistance and (re)build a writing muscle. 

If you already know you’re ready to sign up, here’s the form. If you want more details (including our new partner system!) read on.

Some context 

In April 2020, we ran the “Shelter In Place Edition,” with 300+ people writing together. Along with the prompts, we sent daily letters, reflecting on the moment and guiding people along the journey of (re)dedicating themselves to their creative practices. We heard incredible stories of dads writing their teenage sons, participants finishing or starting novels, and new projects sprouting. We also donated $300 for the Farmworker’s COVID Relief Fund from the project’s proceeds.

We (Caroline and Janet) started The 18 Somethings Project in June 2013, in honor of our Gemini birthdays. Since then, we’ve coordinated a half-dozen editions with 500+ participants around the world.

The details

For the Renew Edition, we’ll again be sending daily letters along with daily prompts to inspire new writing. (Read a few past letters here.) 

Together, we’ll write for 10 minutes a day, 18 days in a row, March 21-April 7.

The cost to participate in this edition is $18-36 per person. Any contribution above $36 covers the experience for someone who cannot currently afford it. NOTAFLOF. We love making this offering and we put a ton of care into the prompts and the daily letters—thank you for sustaining our work on this. We’ll also be donating 5% of this edition’s proceeds to the indigenous-led NDN Collective, in gratitude for their work.

Ready to sign up? 

Fill out this brief form and send $18-36 (or more) to carolinehkessler@gmail.com (PayPal) or @caroline-kessler (Venmo, last 4 digits are 9705). If you’re not able to afford this edition, please send a brief note to 18somethings@gmail.com indicating your financial need. 

Sign-ups close at 11:11pm PT on March 19, 2021. When you sign up, you commit to receiving all 18 emails and being a part of this creative container!

For ease, we will be sending the prompts daily, direct to your inbox at 3am PST / 6am EST.

Partnering 

Want to have a partner, to hold yourself accountable for your writing, and/or share only positive feedback? Partnering was a hallmark of our early editions in 2013/2014, and we’re bringing it back, in a self-guided way!

>> Sign up for a partner here. Read about what partnership entails here.

Who is this for?

You do not have to already be or call yourself a writer to participate in this (though writers are definitely welcome)! We’ve seen people use the space to explore their creative process, make huge progress on novels and memoirs, start a new essay or series of poems, or find the time to journal consistently. The experience is what you make of it. Our goal is to provide encouragement, structure, and support for you to be writing consistently. 

We hope you join us.

Janet and Caroline