Write a Book in a Day is a creative and challenging team competition for students in years 5 to 12 and adult teams. Teams of up to ten have up to twelve hours to write and illustrate a book from start to finish. To make it even more fun, unique parameters must be included in the story. Completed books are donated to children in hospitals all across Australia.
Following is a recount from one of our students who participated in WABIAD 2019.
It’s 8am and I just arrived at the Holy Faith Library at school. We have eight hours to write a complete book to give to the Children’s Hospital Westmead and I’m excited. I sit down with Team Maddock, named after Sr Catherine the founding Principal of CTK and we get given our parameters (the guidelines we have to use to write the story). They are pretty random! At first we were a bit confused on how to fit a stockbroker, private detective, a horse and the plot of a treasure hunt into the one story. We looked up what a stockbroker is, but decided to have our character get fired right at the very start of the story. The other team, Team Burton (named after the founding Parish priest of CTK Parish) had equally random parameters.
By this point it’s 8:30am and we hear this rustling coming from the other team, we look over and see about 15 packets of lollies! Sadly they refused to share but Adrian was the only kind one who actually gave us all a chocolate or two. Then we kept planning on how our story would work out, everyone in the group contributed ideas and twists, we listened to each other and our story grew. Meanwhile our illustrator listened as well and began drawing our characters and settings. By the time we had finished planning it was 11:00am! So we all broke off and start writing our chapters, that’s the tricky bit, chapter 1 is written at the same time as chapter 10! We calculated that we could all write 275 words because it would fit in the 2500 that we had to work with.
Once we have finish writing, we all get together and read through the story to make sure it makes sense and flows, we have done a pretty good job. We are just waiting on the images to be finished when we read through the rules and find out that the 2500 words includes our guidelines, rules, copyright and acknowledgements! So now we go into panic mode, plus we have to write our blurb, somehow we cut out 400 words which is equivalent to two chapters, in only 10 minutes! Then we’re comfortable again and we just need the pictures done.
Overall it was a really good day with lots of twists and turns and problems, to be honest, we could’ve wrote a book about our day! I am really happy that I was able to be in this activity and I won’t be forgetting it any time soon.