Fighting Illiteracy One Word at a Time and Book Birthday!

As I prepare to head to Huntsville for my 5th Muskoka Novel Marathon, I am hit with the same nervous excitement that glommed onto me just before I began my first four marathons. There’s an Adrenalin rush knowing I’m going to be sitting down for an entire weekend to write a complete novel…and there’s the fear that I will sit down and have nothing to say. And there’s also the excitement of seeing my fellow marathoners again. Some of whom I only see for one weekend a year—but a very intense weekend that kind of makes us a weird family of sorts. There are highs and lows and every emotion in between at a novel writing marathon. There’s the support of your peers and the support you give your peers. There’s the joking around, the breaking bread together, the snoring, the goofing off, the tearing your hair out when you’re tired and frustrated and trying to get words to come out when you feel like all of your words have dried up. It’s like cramming a year of a writing life into 72 hours. The craziness is there, the self doubt is there, the blush of accomplishment is there. The coffee is there!

This nomadic ‘family’ of travelling writers meets up once a year and joins forces against illiteracy. We don’t do it only for the writing. The writing is a huge benefit to the benefit, though. We won’t lie and say it isn’t. But we really come together to pool our resources and raise funds to help spread awareness of the problem of illiteracy AND to actually help DO SOMETHING about illiteracy. All funds collected go right to the source. Our marathon sponsors know that every cent is put to work in the fight against illiteracy. Every dollar goes into combat.

If you would like to donate to this most worthy of causes, you can do so online. My GIVING page will be open for accepting donations until JULY 9th. You can access it here:


The marathon starts Friday July 13th and will run until Monday July 16th. Please think of all those writers (approx. 30 at the venue and another 10 or so online joining us remotely!) during that weekend and wish us luck–both with our fundraising and our writing. We’re gonna need it! (-:

While I’m here, I thought I would mention that I’m having a book birthday tomorrow. Musa Publishing will be releasing my MUSKOKA NOVEL MARATHON 2007 BEST ADULT NOVEL AWARD winning novel SEBASTIAN’S POET. As of tomorrow, you will be able to order a copy (for the low price of $3.99) directly through the publisher here:


You can also enter the GOODREADS GIVEAWAY for Sebastian’s Poet, if you’d like to try to win 1of4 signed limited edition print copies!

By Kevin Craig

Author, Poet, Playwright. Author of The Camino Club, Billions of Beautiful Hearts, and Book of Dreams, all from Duet Books, the LGBTQ Young Adult imprint of Chicago Review Press. Other books: Pride Must Be A Place, Half Dead & Fully Broken, Burn Baby Burn Baby, The Reasons, Sebastian's Poet, and Summer on Fire.

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