5 Ways to Get Involved in the National Day on Writing

October 17, 2016

Across the country pens and pencils, keyboards and tablets will be cranking out writing in all sorts of forms on October 20. Here are some ways you can be part of the celebration.

  1. Write something new or choose a piece you’ve already written; then share your piece with others using the #WhyIWrite hashtag. Remember that writing is not limited to what you can do with a pencil or pen. Your piece can be an audio recording or even a comic/drawing!
  2. Encourage your students, family, and friends to celebrate the National Day on Writing by doing some writing of their own. Consider ways you might write together. Check out this list of events going on around the US.
  3. Talk to students you teach, your community, online or offline groups you belong to, and journalists/media you know about why writing matters. Interview them and write about their point of view, then post it online. Spread the word about the National Day on Writing and the #WhyIWrite hashtag. If you share your writing with us, we’ll do what we can to share it more widely!
  4.  Did you know that the US. Senate passed resolutions in 201520142013201220112010, and  2009 declaring October 20 the National Day on Writing? A 2016 resolution is currently in committee.  Ask your own local officials and state legislators to proclaim October 20 as the National Day on Writing by using this proclamation.
  5. Organize a celebration of writing in your school, group, or community.  Your celebration might include a writing marathon, poetry slam, journal read-in—even  a gumball machine filled with writing prompts.  Get creative and make your celebration memorable.  Be sure to share your event using the #WhyIWrite hashtag.

The National Day on Writing may focus on this one day in October, but writing is something people do all year long. Keep coming back to this site for fresh ideas, reflections from writers, and opportunities to share your own work!

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