The 18 Somethings Project is a writing adventure to unleash your creativity.

Generate new work. Get creative support. Make inspired progress.

Creativity thrives within a container, especially a flexible one. For 18 days, you’ll write 10 minutes per day on a prompt (we’ll use imagery, sound, text) you’ll receive each morning. In the email, you’ll also find thought-provoking writing advice, reflections, inspiration, books to read, and more. 

Caroline and Janet started this project in June 2013, in honor of their Gemini birthday time. Since then, they’ve coordinated a half-dozen editions with hundreds of participants around the world. Our most recent edition was the Shelter In Place edition, April 5-22, with 315+ people writing together.

Sign up for our mailing list to be notified of the next edition of The 18 Somethings Project.

We send communications via TinyLetter which sometimes go into spam / updates folders. To reach us directly, email 18somethings [at] gmail.com

Money & energy

We are offering this edition of 18 Somethings as a gift—nothing is expected in return, except of course, your participation if you join us. And, if you would like to appreciate us for this work with money, we will gratefully accept donations, with a suggestion of $18+. All the money we receive will be split: 20% donated to Farmworkers’ Covid-19 Pandemic Relief Fund, and the rest between the two of us. Donations can be sent via Venmo to @janet-frishberg or Paypal to jfrishberg@gmail.com.

If you’re in a time of financial hardship, thank you for accepting this as a gift, and giving us a chance to (hopefully) be useful.

“I started my first original novel as part of an 18 Somethings edition, typing my responses to the prompts while camping on the edge of the crater of Crater Lake. The novel, which became Crater Lake Caravan, touches on many of the themes the project brought out for me. I’ve had the pleasure of making friends and helping others make friends through 18 Somethings. Writing is such a solitary, lonely pursuit most of the time, so projects like this was build intentional and thoughtful communities are vital to all of our spiritual health.”

 Jessica Dickinson Goodman