Black Writers Collective


What's The Dash?


The Dash is the Black Writers Collective’s habit-forming daily writing activities tribe. This tribe is now open to the general writing public.

Writing is lonely. Finishing is hard. Being in community with others makes finishing our writing more fun.

The Dash is a place for writers in any genre to meet up for a single purpose–to show up and write! By showing up regularly on the page and sharing your progress, we show up for each other. Together, we get the hard work of writing done.

It’s called The Dash because each day we participate in writing sprints for thirty minutes. You can do anything for thirty minutes, right? With a little writing sprint every day, pages become stories, chapters, chapbooks, scripts, and books.

Note: The Dash is NOT a workshop for critique. We do not share our work. We’re solely focused on creating a space that allows us to develop a sustainable habit for getting words on the page every day, and finishing our projects.

Does this sound like the place for you? Then read on for more info about The Dash and how to join, and learn the etiquette for participating in a Dash session.



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Once you’ve created an account, navigate to and click JOIN.

Now, you’ll get a daily notification each day with a quote, positive affirmation encouraging you to write, and/or a writing prompt with a topic for you to write on if you need a jump-start.


On the first day of every month, we share a prompt to remind you to set your goals and intentions for the month.

Then, each day we’ll encourage you to write with a prompt for your 30-minute (or longer) sprint. When you sit down to write, whether morning, afternoon, evening, night, or all the above—you’ll check in by responding to the channel under Comments, which then posts to a separate discussion thread called The Dash Track.


There are various ways you can hold yourself accountable in The Dash, but above all we encourage you to get the writing done regularly and strengthen your writing habits and skills.

  1. Let the tribe members know you’re engaged and writing by responding to the daily post.
  2. Share what you’re working on (i.e. “my novel,” “a blog post”) and then what your goal is for this sprint (i.e. “My goal is to add 300 new words.” or “I’m doing the writing prompt for 15 minutes, then I’ll work on my novel, Coco, for 30 minutes.”)
  3. Set your timer, watch or other device and write for at least 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes and/or when you are done writing, note your word count and share your progress, e.g. “I only wrote 100 new words, but I successfully restructured a difficult section.”
We strongly encourage engagement among members, which is as easy  as simply responding to others’ comments, cheering at their accomplishments, or offering support or encouragement where appropriate.


Discussion Group: The Dash Track

You may use the comment button to post your check-ins. We ask that you keep all posts and conversations relevant to The Dash and your results. This is not a general chat group but an accountability group strictly dedicated to The Dash writing sprints and prompts.

Do not post your work to The Dash. It is your responsibility to protect your intellectual property. Black Writers Collective will not be responsible for any inadvertent or accidental copyright violations stemming from unauthorized sharing in this group.

Soliciting is strictly prohibited. Violators will be removed immediately.

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