I actually bought a book (well, an e-book) of Muskoka Novel Marathon material a few years ago. Each story seemed fine but incomplete. Now that I see how the work was written I better understand why.
The marathon takes place in July - and nowhere on their site could I find specific dates - and writers have from 8:00 PM Friday until 8:00 PM Monday to write. They can bring in one page (double sided or in tiny font...) of their story preparation. Each writer is expected to have $350 of sponsors for the YMCA Literacy Program.
On Twitter today, I saw that one beneficiary of the Marathon, a one-time student of the Literacy Program, will herself be writing this year. Fantastic.
Her story is here on video. The MNM Twitter page is here.
I have written a lot about writing but haven't done all that much of it. This woman has shown amazing bravery and has likely moved far from her comfort zone. A new hero for me and I wonder if I should follow her example.