Whether you’re a published writer or have never written a haiku, join InsideOut the week of August 16th for our first-ever Write-A-Thon!

Commit to a writing goal every day for one week — a poem, a letter to your legislators, a postcard, anything you can imagine! — and then ask for your community’s support. All proceeds from your Write-A-Thon benefit InsideOut’s transformative creative writing programs that launch Metro Detroit students off the page and into extraordinary lives.

All Write-A-Thon participants receive a daily encouraging email from InsideOut’s expert coaches, including the inspiring words of InsideOut student poets and writing prompts to jumpstart your creativity. You can share your progress with the community using the #iowriteathon hashtag. 

As you write and raise funds for Detroit youth, you can receive unique benefits to thank you for your crucial support. Participants will earn InsideOut books and tote bags, tickets to intimate virtual writing workshops, and more.

To support the Write-A-Thon you can:

  • Sign up to write

  • Support a writer’s fundraiser

  • Make a gift to the general fund

  • Spread the word!

Visit the Write-A-Thon!

Presented by

Strategic Staffing Solutions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Anyone! You can register here.

What should I write?

Your week-long goal can be entirely unique to you. Maybe you’re working on a novel or poetry, but you might also be writing to your legislators, starting a blog, rekindling friendships through letters, keeping a journal, or any of the many ways writing touches and enriches your life. Your goal might be time-based (20 minutes a day) or length-oriented (a page, 500 words, etc.). Make your goal as unique as you are, and then ask others to support your weeklong commitment to write!

How long do I have to fundraise for?

You can begin fundraising on Monday, July 20th. Donations can come through your profile until 11:59 PM on Saturday, August 22nd.

How do I sign up?

Sign up begins on Monday, July 20th.

Step 1: Head over to InsideOut’s Write-A-Thon event page and click “Join This Event” at the top of the page. It will prompt you to sign in. You can use Facebook, Google, or your email address to set up a Mightycause Account.

Step 2: Once you are registered you’ll see a window that says “Join This Event.” Click “Start A Fundraiser” then “Build Your Fundraiser.” 

Step 3: “Publish” your fundraiser page immediately using the template provided (be sure to add your writing goal!), or customize your page by:

  • Creating a unique title 
  • Setting a personal fundraising goal (we picked $500, but base your goal on how many people you know who can contribute, how much your largest donation might be, and how much time you have to dedicate to asking for donations). 
  • Adding a fundraising image/video (consider showcasing you or your writing project).
  • Link your Instagram account to the page if you want to provide updates there. 
  • Update your supporters on writing progress with the “Updates” tab — share your writing, encourage your supporters, and announce new goals.
  • Customize the URL so it’s easy to remember. Click the “Settings” gear in the left-side toolbar and edit away! (example: writingfordetroit, johnswriteathon)

Make sure to click the “publish” icon that appears in the toolbar on the left-hand side of the screen when you are finished.

Step 4: Share your page with your network! You can share on a variety of social media platforms or email. Tell your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and mailperson why you support InsideOut and why they should too. After you make a fundraiser, you’ll receive an email from InsideOut with helpful materials for drumming up support, including email templates and images for social media.

What are the Write-A-Thon benefits?

All Participants will receive daily encouraging emails from InsideOut expert coaches including prompts to invigorate your writing and student poems to inspire. If you raise the following dollar amounts, or receive donations to your personal fundraiser from the designated number of donors, you will receive the following as a Thank You:

$250.00 or 5 DonorsA copy of Inside My Pencil or To Light a Fire 

$500.00 or 10 Donors InsideOut tote bag AND a copy of Inside My Pencil or To Light a Fire 

$750.00 or 20 DonorsInvitation to a 90-minute virtual writing workshop with Peter Markus (+ all lower level benefits)

$1,000.00 or 30 Donors Shout out on social media as InsideOut Champion of Youth Voice (+ all lower level benefits)

$1,250.00 or 40 Donors Invitation to a virtual Detroit Playwrights Salon with Dominique Morisseau (+ all lower level benefits)

$1,500.00 or 50 DonorsStudent performance video with a custom message just for you or the person/group/organization of your choice! (+ all lower level benefits)

I want to support InsideOut but I don’t want to write for a week. What can I do?

You can make a tax-deductible gift to support a writer— scroll through the list of participants and support family or friends! Or simply make your gift on the Write-A-Thon page and help us meet our goal. Sharing the Write-A-Thon page via social media or email also helps!

Will InsideOut sill hold its annual Share the Light fundraiser?

Prioritizing youth and community safety, the 2020 Write-A-Thon will be held instead of Share the Light — our annual fundraiser. We are grateful for your support during our 25th year to ensure we can deliver programs to young people for decades to come!