Creative Challenges

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2024 Creative Challenges:

  • Flash Fiction February
  • April Daily Poem 
  • #StoCoComics Challenge 
  • Short Story September
  • #StoCoFanFic Challenge

and more to be announced!

Meet Your Instructors

Short Story September & Cultivating Your Writing Mindset Beth Ball

Beth Ball is a fantasy author, TTRPG game designer, literary scholar, and editor. She's a strong believer in creative processes and the importance that mindset plays in helping writers transform the seeds of a story into a fully fledged and blossoming narrative. Her editing portfolio includes several essay collections, the intro to literature textbook for her university, and a special issue of the American Book Review about literary activism. She taught writing and literature courses for six years before making the transition to editing for indie authors and other creators. Visit Red Wolf Editorial to find out more.

Sersa Victory

Sersa Victory is a game designer, writer, and programmer specializing in tournament deathtrap dungeons for TTRPGs. He has published a number of top-selling adventure modules, including the ENnie Award-winning Shrine of the Jaguar Princess. His other recent work includes the Kobold Press adventure Crater of the Flaying Star and Troll Lord Games’s Shadowdark conversion of Gary Gygax’s The Hermit. His fiction has been published by Scribemind Books, Savage Realms Monthly, DMR Books, and others.

Director Ashley Warren

I'm Ashley Warren, the founder and director of the Storytelling Collective. I'm a former college English teacher, journalist, magazine editor, and literacy research academic. At present, I'm a full-time creative content strategist, a bestselling RPG designer, and a mentor for creatives like you! You might know me from projects including Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden; the Uncaged Anthology; The Citizen's Guide to Research; or my company, Scribemind. The one thing that links all of my creative projects is my passion for process and making creativity an organic part of our lives. I know what it's like to be daunted by the creative process, and I'm here to help. I've worked with hundreds of writers all over the world and I can't wait to work with you!

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Don't just take our word for it: hear from our community members

Sandra C.

Flash Fiction February participant

And I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for facilitating this creative challenge. It made me realise that I can write if I put my mind to it. Thank you for the support and keep up the good work! We make the world better, one story at a time.


Short Story September participant

I'm very happy to have happened upon this challenge and I'm glad I've participated. As a non-native speaker, I always struggled when it came to writing. I didn't really know where to start or how to start. But this challenge has shown me that it doesn't really matter where I start, as long as I can move forward step by step.


Flash Fiction February participant

Thanks, to all of you. 28 days, 28 stories. For inspiring me with your stories and dedication. For this challenge that gave me the courage to try. For reminding me that storytelling is a process where we all learn. And most of all, thanks for helping me to finally create a writing habit. I hope it has helped you the same way it has helped me.

Deavon C.

Flash Fiction February participant

I have found it to be exceptionally helpful in improving my daily writing and helping me to get my creative juices flowing.