The Weekly Challenge

The Weekly Challenge, 3rd May 2021 – CALM TAKEOVER – Freewriting

The Weekly Challenge Takeover with Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is here! 

For Mental Health Awareness Week 10th – 16th May, and every week this month, members of the CALM community have set us creative challenges. There are in fact five Mondays in May, so that’s five CALM challenges! 

To kick us off we have a challenge from CALM Ambassador Cecilia Knapp – poet, playwright, novelist and young people’s Laureate for London. 

This Wednesday 5th May, Cecilia will be leading us through the challenge in an online creative workshop! Join us and get expressive through freewriting…

Register for free via Eventbrite – Click Here!


Set a timer for two minutes, or however long you like, and write! 

If you are looking for some inspiration to get you started you could use these prompts to start your sentences: ‘If I was a bird…’ or ‘You said…’

Don’t think too much. Trust yourself. Be free. Express whatever. It should feel good. Don’t judge yourself.  Write the first thing that comes into your head and keep going. You don’t have to write fast, but just make sure you don’t stop.

Because if you stop, you will think too much and you will start to try and impose meaning on it and wrap things up and ‘make a point’. See what it allows you to discover. Don’t worry about finishing, being complete or perfect. Be messy. Grammar, spelling and handwriting don’t matter. Allow it to come out in the way it comes out.

Let your wonderful subconscious do it’s magic thing.

If you have more time…

Continue writing!


Where did your words take you – was it somewhere expected, or unexpected?
How did the process of freewriting make you feel?


Share your work with friends and family or keep it for yourself!

Share your responses on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the tags
 #64MillionArtists #TheWeeklyChallenge #CALMArtCollective

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) are leading a movement against suicide, and for anyone struggling with their mental health.

Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM exists to change this. Through frontline services, national campaigns, and by building communities, they are there for everyone who’s struggling with life. No matter what. 

To find out more and support their work head to the CALM website: