FAQ for Blazing Laptops
Q. Who can participate? Is this a members-only thing?
A. Anyone who brings or raises $100 and is eager to spend a day writing is welcome to join in! Of course we’d love for you to show your support by becoming a member of San Diego Writers, Ink and enjoying benefits like reduced class fees and admission to Room to Write.
Q. I don’t like asking my friends for money.
A. Personally, we were surprised how flattered our friends were to be asked to contribute to an organization so dear to our hearts. The sample letters made it easy to frame the request graciously and effectively. Here is a list of “Ideas for Participants” that offers suggestions for easy and fun ways to approach sponsors. It includes a couple of Sample Sponsor letters you can use as guides. You can write them directly from your personal pledge page.
Q. Nine hours? Won’t I get hungry?
A. At our Liberty Station/NTC location, we’ll provide snacks (candy, nuts, and the like) and beverages (coffee, tea, water) to keep you going.
As for lunch, we’ll provide a menu for you to place your pre-order of food from Con Pane, a neighbor in the Liberty Station/NTC area. We’ll take your orders and payment well in advance of Write-a-thon day (June 9), insuring that you get your meal at lunch break without having to worry about waiting in a line to order and pay.
Q. What will the day look like? Give me a play-by-play.
A. At the top of every hour, a different instructor will lead an optional writing exercise or provide prompts to fuel your imagination. (This is a great way to meet our teachers!) We’ll take 10-minute stretch breaks at the bottom every hour to keep our limbs limber, and offer raffle prizes during those breaks, too. At lunch time, we’ll break for 40 minutes, and at the end of the day, we’ll take time to give special thank yous to everyone for their dedication and enthusiasm.
Q. But I just want to work on my novel.
A. An area will be reserved for those who wish to ignore the prompts and focus on projects-in-process.
Q. So, besides $100, what should I bring?
A. The $100 is a minimum donation so feel free to bring more! Some writers like to set a goal of $500 or $1000. Every dollar is genuinely appreciated. You’ll also need:
- A laptop and/or notebook and pen
- Comfortable clothing
- Anything that makes you comfortable and productive such as footrests, wristrests, headphones or bedroom slippers. Snacks and refreshments will be available, but if you have special needs, bring them along, too.
Q. I’m a wimp and only want to write for three hours.
A. This isn’t prison. Bring a hundred bucks, you can leave anytime! But part of the fun is that we’re all in this together, pushing our limits, seeing how much we can accomplish.
Q. Wow! Camaraderie with fellow writers, support a great organization AND nine hours to write! How do I sign up?
A. Just go to the Registration Page and sign up. It’s easy. Then start warming up for 9-hours of writing!