February 19, 2014


  • “An exhausting and exhilarating, horrible and wonderful, enlightening and baffling experience.”
    —R. Richards, Minneapolis, MN
  • “It was the kick in the ass I needed.”
    —D. Fryklind, Vancouver, BC
  • “I wish it wasn’t so, but I know I’ll do it again.”
    —C. Marlin, Toronto, ON
  • “Who was the twisted S.O.B. who first came up with this idea?”
    —E. Sparling, Toronto, ON
  • “My cat was happy to have me in the apartment, and thrilled to have me procrastinating by scrubbing out his litter box.”
    —L. Paterson, Vancouver, BC
  • “My outline went out the window before I had even begun, but I managed to carry on anyway. What did I have to lose?”
    —M. Perera, Victoria, BC
  • “This has been a valuable starting point for me.”
    —D. Otis, Vancouver, BC
  • “I’ve never taken part in anything so inspiring one minute and so daunting the next.”
    —E. Rauscher, St. Louis, MO
  • “I’m too wired to sleep. I want to enjoy this feeling of being on top of the summit after such a long climb.”
    —G. Turnbull, Kelowna, BC
  • “Even the 3-day time limit didn’t deter me from putting off writing most of it until Sunday lunchtime, when panic took hold.”
    —Y. Ley, North Vancouver, BC
  • “I pushed myself harder and faster.”
    —J. Blair, Toronto, ON
  • “Perhaps the most frightening and exhilarating time of my life. A note for future 3-day novelists: regularly assess whether or not circulation still flows to your extremities.”
    —J. Lentz, Philadelphia, PA
  • “My friend locked himself in his room. I’m not sure if he took food or bathroom breaks and, quite frankly, I’m afraid to ask.”
    —J. Romero, Las Vegas, NV
  • “On the second day I was hanging out the window, shouting at the neighbour’s dog to be quiet. My neighbour doesn’t have a dog.”
    —A. Taylor, West Vancouver, BC”
  • “There’s no way to get through this thing without taking risks.”
    —D. Lewis, Chicago, IL
  • “A mixture of exhaustion, anxiety and intoxicating exhilaration. I lost myself in writing.”
    —B. Irby, Oak Grove, LA
  • “I learned I can shut up that little editing voice so I can actually finish writing a novel.”
    —T. Stobbs, Fort St. John, BC
  • “Intense, exhilarating…a darned good excuse to get everyone in the world to leave me alone.”
    —J. Miller, Vancouver, BC
  • “A wonderful idea. None of the parties can lose.”
    —A. Kydd, Edmonton, AB
  • “It has been both wonderful and awful.”
    —J. Domenichini, San Jose, CA
  • “Bizarre”
    —T. Harrop, Guelph, ON
  • “Exhilarating. I’m exhausted.”
    —N. Bixler, Seattle, WA
  • “The challenge became a perverse obsession. Thanks for the opportunity of a lifetime.”
    —P. Hickman, Malta, OH
  • “Aaaaaah!!!!”
    —D. Kelly & R. Metivier, Toronto, ON
  • “The experience was transformative. Thanks for the opportunity.”
    —J. Gulbranson, Portland, Oregon
  • “Mind boggling. I had to write a thank you…most incredible high I’ve had in years.”
    —A. Davis
  • “A coffee-fueled, plot-weaving literary juggernaut.”
    —Playboy Magazine