The BoyChat Write-a-thon was a fundraising event that was held two years running, in both 2003 and 2004. BoyChat posters were asked to pledge funds to Free Spirits over a special fundraising weekend to cover the ongoing costs of hosting BoyChat and other resources. As both reward and incentive to reach specified interim targets, creative writing submitted by BoyChat posters was released when these targets were reached. The writing was hosted on a special BoyChat Write-a-thon web site designed by Atom.
The BoyChat Write-a-thon proved to be the most successful fundraising event in BoyChat history and in 2005 it was expanded to include other creative works including photographs and musical performances. The expanded event was named the BoyChat Arts Festival.