“Everyone has a story to tell. Since time began, we as a species have passed down our teachings from generation to generation through the medium of storytelling. From the campfire to the soapbox, from dusty books to the Internet, storytelling is how we evolve; it is essential to our existence and vital to the fabric of our communities. It’s what defines us as human beings.
– Nigel Lee, CEO, Lulu
“Having ideas for your writing is great but ideas alone won’t get your project written. At some point, you need to find the time and get to work – but that’s where it gets really hard! We’re proud to support Lulu’s tobecontinued – it’s a really fun way to help you get the words flowing out of your head and into the world – so give it a go!”
– Chris Smith, co-founder, Prolifiko.com
“As part of Brighton Festival the Storytelling army was one of our most cherished commissions, working with nabokov and the community it was thrilling to hear voices often unheard. This project opened ears and minds, we could not be more proud to see these extraordinary writers and spoken word artists flourish beyond the festival”.
– Beth Burgess, Brighton Festival Executive Producer
We are excited to be involved in such a collaborative project and continue our relationship with LuLu. The Storytelling Army’s legacy continues and this is a great platform for the storytellers to develop their craft. We look forward to the epic stories about to be created”.
– Nabokov Theatre Company
What is tobecontinued…?
Tobecontinued… is an exciting world first collective online writing event by Lulu, and supported by Prolifiko, Brighton Festival and nabokov theatre, where writers from any background get a unique opportunity to develop plots and characters with other writers to produce the final collective story. The excitement of collective writing is that no one can predict the twists and turns of the plot or how the final story will end as different imaginations and writing styles come together into a single piece of work. As a writer you also don’t always get to know who your fellow writers are until the next piece of the story is posted up and we reveal our writer’s name.
You don’t have to be an accomplished writer to submit to this writing event – if you have an idea for a character or plot in your head and can write 200 words (about a paragraph) then give it a go! Sometimes it’s easier just to write and not ‘overthink’ it – some of the best, most engaging and dynamic work has been produced that way so don’t be afraid to share your part of the story.
We hope to receive submissions from authors at all levels, writers who have been meaning to write their first piece for years but never had time, and writers who are suffering from ‘writers’ block’ and want to submit to get the creative juices flowing again.
To kick the experiment off we have asked some ‘guest’ authors to write the first paragraphs of each of the genres which we hope will spark your creative juices! You can read their profiles here.
How do I get involved?
We will be running stories in the following genres (click on the genre list to read the start of each of the stories):
Children’s Fiction (8-10 age range)
Young Adult Fiction (12+ age range)
- This writing event is free but please read our terms and conditions on how to submit your part of the story to us.
- Each story will be 20,000 words and you need to submit 200 words – that’s around a paragraph!
- If you submit to a story and don’t get selected you can submit again to that story.
- If you do get selected for the story you cannot submit again to the same story but you can submit to another story. We have introduced this rule so that no one writer can dominate a plot line or character in one story as the this is collaborative writing.
Tips on writing
If you are wondering how to get started please have a look at our writing tips to give you some ideas. Click here
Terms and conditions
To find out how you can get involved and how to submit your part of the story click here
Since 2002, Lulu has powered the knowledge sharing economy by enabling authors in more than 225 countries to publish millions of books. With our industry-leading publishing platform tools and global network of printers and resellers, books can be sold in printed or eBook format in bookshops around the world. In addition, Lulu also runs the world’s largest indie online bookshop. Lulu operates offices in USA, Europe and the UK.
Prolifiko is a digital productivity coach which helps any kind of writer start and stick at their writing projects. An online platform created by writers, for writers, Prolifiko’s research-backed system has helped thousands of people complete all kinds of creative, educational and professional writing projects.
About Brighton Festival
The largest and most established annual curated multi-arts festival in England, Brighton Festival is a celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May. Established in 1967, the inaugural programme of Brighton Festival included the first ever exhibition of Concrete Poetry in the UK, alongside performances by Laurence Olivier and Yehudi Menuhin. Now one of Europe’s leading arts festivals, Brighton Festival is known for its ambitious and daring programme that aims to make the most of the city’s distinctive cultural atmosphere, drawing some of the most innovative artists and companies and adventurous audiences from the UK and around the world. Since 2009 Brighton Festival has attracted a wealth of inspiring and internationally significant Guest Directors who bring cohesion to the artistic programme. The inaugural Guest Director was British sculptor Anish Kapoor (2009) followed by the Godfather of modern music Brian Eno (2010), Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi (2011), actress and Human Rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave (2012) poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen (2013), choreographer, composer and performer Hofesh Shechter (2014), award-winning author Ali Smith (2015) and the pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson. The Guest Director for Brighton Festival 2017 was the acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest.
About Nabokov Theatre Company
nabokov has a 15-year history of discovering, developing and producing new talent and creating award-winning productions and distinctive theatrical events. The female led company has a bold artistic vision to champion diverse voices and stories reaching new audiences.