What Will You Write on National Writing Day?

By Catherine Gewertz — October 16, 2012 1 min read
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Friday is the fourth annual National Day on Writing, a festival of sorts for an art every one of us practices daily. However humble our scribblings (grocery lists, text messages) and however grand (poetry, novels), writing is an indispensable part of our lives.

So it will be fun to see what happens on Friday when the National Council of Teachers of English, partnering with a gaggle of other groups, unleashes this day on Twitter. The sponsors are encouraging everyone to share what they write by posting it on the social media network with the hashtag #WhatIWrite.

Last year, the event was a trending topic on Twitter; Sponsors are hoping to manage that again this year. A quick check of Twitter under that hashtag shows a buzz of activity already.

There are many celebrations going on around the country for the National Day on Writing, from a Hyde Park, N.Y., environmental writing contest to a festival of word games such as Scrabble, Boggle, and Bananagrams at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

The NCTE has posted ideas and resources for teachers who want to get their students involved, including the 30,000-plus samples of writing in its National Gallery of Writing archive.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.