The person posting this badge belongs to a select group of committed writers who found 15 minutes to write every day for five days in a row.

Award-winning writer Elaine Bennett designed The 5×15 Writing Challenge to encourage writers to practice their craft regularly—the surest way to improve. Complete the challenge and your entire $15 registration fee goes to Room to Read, a global nonprofit spreading literacy, with a special focus on young girls.

“I very much enjoyed the daily practice of writing. I found the prompts very helpful and the 15-minute time limit even more so. Nothing seemed too hard or too daunting and there is nothing—well almost nothing—you can’t do for 15 minutes.”

And those who wished to share their work could post it in our private Facebook group:

“I want to thank everyone for their generosity. I’ve learned from reading what you wrote and from having the courage and encouragement to write!”

Since our first 5-day challenge in December 2016, challenge writers have donated more than $1,600 to the global literacy nonprofit Room to Read.

This month only, you have another opportunity to join the Challenge—we’re writing from Sunday September 24th through Thursday September 28th.

The next regularly scheduled 5×15 Writing Challenge begins on Tuesday December 26th and ends on Saturday December 30th. On the last three days of the challenge, I’ll be running a live writing retreat—if that sounds like fun to you, check it out and apply.