When writer Colum McKnight of Toronto first participated in the Muskoka Novel Marathon three years ago, his daughter Fianna decided she wanted to go, too.
Now, at 12, she’ll be joining him for the 2017 edition as the youngest Muskoka Novel Marathon writer ever.
Two 13-year-olds have previously participated in the event, an intense 72-hour literary retreat and best-novel contest that doubles as a fundraiser for adult literacy: Tracey Lapham in 2006 and Raphi Wehrstein in 2011.
“I love to write and thought it would be a fun experience to have,” says Fianna, who authored her first picture book at age four or five, then began writing short stories at seven. “My preferred genres to write in are fantasy and splatterpunk, and I generally keep my story length to three or four pages. This year will be my first time working on a longer piece of writing. I am super excited going into this, and hope I can make the most of it.”