The Best Kind of Exercise: 826 Boston’s Annual Write-A-Thon

The Boston Marathon is one month away, but if running isn’t your thing here’s a different kind of marathon for you. 826 Boston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write, is hosting their annual Write-A-Thon from February 23 through April 8.

What is a Write-A-Thon? Instead of pulling on sneakers and logging miles you’re picking up a pen and logging words. Volunteers will set a word count goal and raise pledges per page or flat rate donations. What kind of writing counts? Pretty much any kind: novels, short stories, haiku, essays. It doesn’t have to be new writing, it could be writing you do every day. The best part is seeing writers of all kinds from the community come together through peer-to-peer fundraising to support the work that 826 Boston is doing in the city to promote writing and creativity among students.

826 Boston is a volunteer organization fostering writing amongst underserved students in the Boston area through programs like after-school writing and tutoring, in-school writing and publishing, creative writing workshops, a summer theater and writing camp, and storytelling and bookmaking field trips. They’re looking to raise $20,000 this year, and promise that all of their proceeds will go back into the programs they provide to the community.

In order to keep the volunteer write-a-thoners going, 826 Boston is hosting a number of events, including an open house and Literary Jeopardy, which featured local authors Kelly Link and Celeste Ng. Looks for other events to be announced, and a finale to happen once they hit their goal.

Think you’re ready to run this race? Head to the 826 Boston website or to their Facebook page for more information. They’re also at @826Boston, and look for #WriteAThon on Twitter and Instagram.