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Writing Challenge: Bloggers Unite

Calling all bloggers!

This month I'm going to give you a challenge inside a challenge!

First, I want to challenge MyEnglishClub bloggers to set a record for most blog posts ever published in one month. The current record for MyEC blog posts is 460 posts (May 2011). To beat this record, we need all active members to publish at least one…


Added by Tara Benwell on May 28, 2015 at 15:39 — 1 Comment

Mother's Day Collection

This month I challenged our bloggers to write about mothers and mothering in honour of Mother's Day (May 10, 2015). Our growing writing collection is dedicated to the moms of all MyEC members as…


Added by Tara Benwell on May 8, 2015 at 18:30 — 4 Comments

Writing Challenge: Mothers

For this month's Writing Challenge. Dedicated to my lil' neighbour KF, born a few hours ago to a lovely new mother and good friend. 

Advice for a Brand New Mother 

Congratulations! Your baby has finally arrived. Here is some advice for you on your first Mother's Day!

Hang Out with Your Baby



Added by Tara Benwell on May 6, 2015 at 19:30 — 9 Comments

Writing Challenge: Mothers

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 10. Last year many of you wrote beautiful pieces about your fathers for Father's Day. We even made a Father's Day collection. This month, I'd like to do the same for and about mothers! 

Here are some possible writing topics to explore in May. I…


Added by Tara Benwell on April 30, 2015 at 12:30 — 12 Comments

What's Your Leprechaun Name?

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Are you on Facebook? Head on over to EnglishClub's Facebook page today to find out your leprechaun name! My leprechaun name is Timid McBlarney.



Added by Tara Benwell on March 17, 2015 at 15:30 — 17 Comments

Writing Challenge: My Eponym

We have a new vocabulary reference section on EnglishClub:Eponyms. An eponym is a word (usually a noun) that comes from a person's name. The person may be real or fictional/mythological.

Many English words are eponyms. You probably know some of them, such as…


Added by Tara Benwell on March 11, 2015 at 18:50 — 12 Comments

Writing Challenge: Fairy Tale Awards

Happy Fairy Tale Day! My daughter's grade five class is doing a fun activity this week called The Golden Wand Awards. The students each have to pretend to be a fairy tale character. The characters have been nominated for Fairy Tale Awards in a variety of categories. Each character has to have an acceptance speech ready in case they win! 

Would you like to play along? 

Your Task 

1. Choose a category below that interests you (e.g. Best…


Added by Tara Benwell on February 26, 2015 at 18:00 — 11 Comments

Writing Challenge: Weather Chat

How's the weather today? This is the first line of Jonathan Taylor's new Weather Song.

When it comes to small talk, the weather is a popular…


Added by Tara Benwell on January 27, 2015 at 16:07 — 14 Comments

Writing Challenge: MyEC Holiday Cookbook

Happy Holidays! If you haven't seen me around MyEC for a few days, it's because I've been busy baking, cooking, eating, and celebrating the holidays with my family and friends. One of the best things about holiday time is enjoying delicious food that we only make once a year. This month, let's teach each other how to make a dish, dessert, or snack that we enjoy on special occasions. If enough members join this challenge, I'll make a recipe eBook or slideshow out of our…


Added by Tara Benwell on December 28, 2014 at 20:00 — 15 Comments

Short Story Challenge: The Blogger that Saved the Day

Here is my (very short) story for Luci's (very) Short Story Challenge. I'm afraid it is a tiny bit longer than 70 words. Tough challenge! 

The Blogger that Saved the Day

It was…


Added by Tara Benwell on November 28, 2014 at 14:56 — 17 Comments

The EnglishClub Learning Song: Video Challenge

Hi everyone, 

Have you heard the NEW EnglishClub Learning Song that Jonathan made for us? 

It would be fun to make another version of this song with the help of MyEC members. Do you have any ideas? Here are two ideas.

  • a karaoke version with MyEC…

Added by Tara Benwell on November 12, 2014 at 16:30 — 10 Comments

Writing Challenge: Costume Party

For this month's Writing Challenge, we're going to write some simple riddles. I believe we've done this activity before on MyEC, though it was quite a while ago! 

Your Task

1. Think of a costume that you might wear for Halloween (or a costume party). 

2. Use a few short sentences…


Added by Tara Benwell on October 28, 2014 at 20:19 — 16 Comments

Writing Challenge: Advice from the Internet

This month we are going to practise giving advice. I want to challenge you to experiment with "personification". This is when you give human qualities or characteristics to something that is not human. 

Your Task 

1. Choose a "thing" that you want to pretend to be. You are going to write from the perspective of this thing. It can be a living thing, but not a human. 

2. Open a new blog post. Use the title: Writing Challenge: Advice from a/the…


Added by Tara Benwell on September 28, 2014 at 22:30 — 25 Comments

Writing Challenge: The World's Biggest Problem

Have you heard of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals? In the year 2000, at the Millennium Summit, leaders from around the world identified 8 of the world's biggest problems. They set a goal of fixing these problems in 15 years.

On MyEC, we come from…


Added by Tara Benwell on August 28, 2014 at 19:18 — 27 Comments

Writing Challenge: The Land of My Birth

Where were you born? This country is called your native country. It it also your homeland and your birthplace. Is it where you belong? This month, I'd like you to tell us about the land of your birth and your sense of belonging.

Your Task

1. Watch and listen to "Vseki den" by EnglishClub's musician Jonathan Taylor…


Added by Tara Benwell on July 31, 2014 at 14:30 — 19 Comments

Writing Challenge: Dinner Guest

This month, I'd like to challenge you to plan a dinner party with a special guest of your choice! 

Your Task

1. Decide who you would invite for dinner. This can be anyone. Your guest can be dead, alive, famous, or even fictional (i.e. a character from a book or…


Added by Tara Benwell on June 25, 2014 at 16:00 — 17 Comments

Father's Day Writing Collection

This month I challenged our bloggers to write about their fathers in honour of Father's Day (June 15, 2014). I was pleasantly surprised that so many members decided to participate. Our members have…


Added by Tara Benwell on June 13, 2014 at 16:00 — 9 Comments

Writing Challenge: Fathers

Father's Day is coming up in a few weeks (Sunday, June 15), and I thought some of you might want to do some writing about fathers, father figures, or fatherhood in general.

Here are some possible writing topics to explore in June. This month I'm not going to assign a special format or assignment. You can choose any of the following topics and write a blog in any way you please. Let's make a Father's Day collection of writing! 

Your Task

1. Choose a topic from the list…


Added by Tara Benwell on May 28, 2014 at 19:30 — 37 Comments

Writing Challenge: A Six Word Story

I recently came across an interesting storytelling website called Six Word Stories. Do you think you could write a story in six words? This may sound like the easiest challenge I've given you, but, in truth, it may be the most difficult! 

Your Task

1. Review some examples of Six Word Stories for inspiration.

2. Add a new blog post.…


Added by Tara Benwell on April 28, 2014 at 20:28 — 37 Comments

Writing Challenge: Life Hacks

"The most powerful way to win an argument is by asking questions. You'd be surprised at how it can make people see the flaws in their logic." via @LifeHacks

Have you heard the expression "life hack"? This is a trendy…


Added by Tara Benwell on March 25, 2014 at 14:30 — 20 Comments

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