Writers and Readers

We challenge you to Unleash Your Story and Make a Difference

Registration is now open. Follow the steps on our Registration page to get started. Click here to view FAQs and Tips.

About us:

We’re the authors of Romance Unleashed. Twenty women who all jumped on the publishing roller coaster between 2004 and 2006. We’ve ridden the ups and downs together and become good friends. Besides our love of romance, writing and chocolate we also have a common interest in supporting our community. We figured together we could help make a difference in our world.

The idea: An annual event that will Make a Difference for an important cause. We decided a write-a-thon would combine our love of writing with our desire to raise money for charity. This idea became the Unleash Your Story event, a month long write-a-thon that will be fun, help writers set and meet writing goals and encourage both readers and writers to donate as they root for their favorite author or team.

To add to the fun we decided to invite readers to join us for a read-a-thon that will combine their passion for reading with a desire to make a difference.

That’s right-meet your writing goal for the month and raise a heap of money, too! Or if you’re a reader, curl up with a good book for a great cause! It doesn’t get better than that, does it?

Our goal for 2009 is to raise $23,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Two ways to help:

Readers and Writers can join a team or work as individuals to set a goal for the Unleash Your Story month. In 2009 our event will run from August 31 through September 28. We’ll have certificates for individuals and teams who meet their goal as well as for those who keep up with our guest Pacesetter author.

Supporters can donate in the name of their favorite team or individual participant and watch word count totals and donation totals grow. To keep things simple, we are asking donors to donate a single amount rather than a per word or per page pledge. This way donors will know exactly what they are donating and writer or reader participants will not need to go back to collect pledged amounts at the end of the event.

A donation in any amount is a great way to show support for your favorite writer or reader and to support the important work of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!

Every participant will also have a chance to win great prizes. Watch for special prizes offered each week!

Confused? Check out our FAQs.


We’re thrilled to have prolific author Lori Wilde as our 2009 Pacesetter Author. Find out more about Lori on her Pacesetter Page.

Voracious reader Michelle Buonfiglio of RomanceBuyTheBook.Com and Barnes & Noble “Heart to Heart” will be setting the pace for our readers this year. Read more about Michelle on her Pacesetter Page.

How to Participate

Unleash Your Story–work toward your reading and writing goals and make a difference in the lives of others. The 2009 event will go from August 31 through September 28, 2009.

Register by following the steps on our Registration page. Still have questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions  FAQs or E-mail us at: info@unleashyourstory.com.

Place a bumper sticker on your blog or web site advertising your fundraising efforts. Unleash Your Story

To get your own, just paste the following code in your blog or web site.

<img src="https://unleashyourstory.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/bumpstickunleash.jpg">
</A> <br> Support my efforts!

Which will look like….

Support my efforts!

Customize the line underneath to fit your blog or site.

How to donate:

Donation is optional for all participants. However, we encourage you to make a donation through your team or individual portal to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. These donations will count in your team or individual donation tally.

To donate without participating in the read-a-thon or write-a-thon? Go to the Unleash Your Story Event Page and donate directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

You can also donate by mailing a check to:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Attn: Unleash Your Story
2990 Cahill Main
Madison, WI 53711

Need to mail your donation? Make sure your donation is

credited properly by using this form.

Designate your donation in the name of a particular author or team, or send it without designation. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and prize donors, 100% of all donations made through Unleash Your Story go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Thank you for your support! With your help we can make a difference in the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis.


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