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2014 News & Blogs

National Writing Project:  "Write My Community: The 2014 National Day on Writing"

The New York Times Learning Network Blog:  "10 Ways to Explore and Express What Makes Your Community Unique"

Erin Wilkey Oh:  "Celebrate the National Day on Writing" (includes ideas for celebrations by students and teachers) 

Josie's Poems:  "I’m putting a new anapestic poem on my website with voice recording for children:  'Molly the Meerkat.'  I am teaching children what anapestic metre is and helping them to write some anapestic sentences themselves."  Teachers will find it on the Potentially Poetical page and on the Poetry Listening page.  "There are also hundreds of my own poems which I’ve made freely available, and which go into classrooms worldwide (and last year into 188 countries) on my main website."  --  Josie Whitehead 

A Writer's Vanity:  "National Day on Writing"

Connected Educators:  "Celebrate NCTE’s Sixth Annual National Day on Writing — Monday, October 20, 2014"  

Anne Frank Center USA "Conversations with Anne":  The center in New York City, a partner to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, created “Conversations With Anne” in 2012 for its new space in Lower Manhattan. Drawing on the unexpurgated journal — “The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition” — the organization developed several scripts to use during the program. “Growing Up in Hiding,” the one to be performed on Saturday, October 18, includes entries about Anne’s tentative romance with Peter van Pels and her frustrations with the adults around her. “They still see her as a child, when she really doesn’t feel that way,” said Ms. Vaughn, who compiled the script. Ultimately, “it also touches on her hopes and dreams.”  Intended to celebrate the National Day on Writing (Monday), the program incorporates a tour of the center’s gallery and a writing exercise: Children will choose one of a series of quotations from the diary and connect it to their lives.

Margaret Simon:  "My students decided to Tweet a choka challenge, a form of haiku with a 5,7,5,5,7,5 syllable pattern.  We are also visiting other blogs and leaving comments.  We call this a Comment Invasion.  Happy National Day of Writing!" See also "A Jackpudding of Unjustly Forgotten Words for This National Day on Writing." 

Kerri K. Morris:  "National Day on Writing: Writing is power, words matter

Gayle Morris Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative:  #WriteMyCommunity: NDoW Showcase and Interview with Kathleen Yancey  

Bill Ivey, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School (Greenfield, MA) Dean:  #WriteMyCommunity (National Day on Writing 2014)

Michael Rifenburg:  "#WriteMyCommunity and Running"


2014 Events


  • Coinciding with the National Day On Writing (2014), Athens State University will host a one-day writing conference on "Building Success through Writing Faculty" and students from a wide variety of backgrounds are invited to attend and participate.

    This conference will focus on how the qualities of successful writing help people make lasting connections in their lives and careers. We invite faculty and students from various backgrounds and disciplines to attend the conference and participate in sessions that take a deeper look at the role of writing--as a measure of success, as a practice, or as learning tool--in K-12 and higher education.


  • From the University of Arizona Writing Program Facebook page: Remember to come help us commemorate the National Day on Writing, Friday, October 10! Come to the UA Writing Program's event tent on the Admin Plaza (next to the Student Union) to play games, get swag, and enter for a chance to win a bookstore gift card! #WriteMyCommunity

In this video, Director of UA's Creative Writing Program, Chris Cokinos, talks about the most difficult thing he's ever written.

"Family Weekend: Colleges Open Doors to Families for Weekend": The University of Arizona will sponsor a National Day on Writing event during Family Weekend. 





  • California State University Fullerton invites students and staff to (1) Stop by the Writing Center (Pollak Library North, first floor) on October 20 anytime between 12 and 6pm to share your voice on a poster and sticky note campaign about writing on our campus. and (2) Celebrate this "unevent" from social media by posting about the writing that matters to you using the hashtags #WriteCSUF and #WriteMyCommunity over the day!  For more information - including signing up for a short shift to encourage others to write for this "unevent" - please contact Martha Webber, the Teaching Writing Club, or the Creative Writing Club.


  • POLYTECH Adult Education students are writing their own personal essays about how they have overcome barriers and obstacles to learn and achieve success in their lives. Their stories describe their individual journeys and highlight how the educational community, other support agencies, and their families all contribute toward helping them reach their career goals.  The writing will be on display the day of the event for a "POLYTECH Wall of Writing." 

    Schedule:  8:30 to 8:45:  Write-In! Get Out and Write!  We will begin the day as a community of writers where all participants are writing simultaneously. Students will move through three different rotations from 8:50 to 10:30:  Station 1 - Write your resume in the computer lab.  Station 2 - Chalk Talk - Write your solutions to community issues.  Write letters and cards to our veterans to thank them for their service.  Station 3 - Writer's Workshop with Delaware Author, Ms. Ramona Long, "How to Think Like a Writer."  The culminating activity will be a special assembly at 11 a.m. for all participants in the auditorium where local author, Mr. James Alexander, will share his poetry and motivational message.  (This event is not open to the public and is solely for the students who are enrolled in our various programs.)

    See a video and pictures from the POLYTECH event.



  • Georgia State University will be celebrating the National Day on Writing by gathering 11 different literacy organizations on campus in the campus Courtyard. Among these organizations are GSU's literacy journals, Writing Studio, Library, ESL tutoring services, Graduate English Association, the school newspaper, and the Digital Literacy Archive. All organizations are tasked with promoting their work and engaging students with a literacy related activity.



  • In honor of National Writing Day, Cary District 26 will have its traditional writing exercises. But this year, they will do so in honor of Patricia Sylvester, who died in the spring after a battle with skin cancer. Sylvester, an NCTE member who was a teacher in the district for more than 30 years, taught fifth, sixth and eighth grade. She taught English at the junior high and worked as the gifted program coordinator. She also taught at the now closed Oak Knoll and Prairie Hill schools. “Pat was instrumental in getting all the schools to participate in National Writing Day,” Cary Junior High eighth-grade teacher Kathy Englund said.  See also "National Day on Writing Has Special Meaning This Year."


Celebrating Writing Eastern Kentucky will begin with the Fall 2014 Teen Writers Day Out on Thursday, Oct. 16, and wrap up at the 2014 Writing Eastern Kentucky Conference on Saturday, Nov. 8.

"We are pretty excited. We did this for five days last year and had so much fun we decided to expand," says NCTE member Deanna Mascle, a coordinator of the event.




New York: 

  • "At Stella and Charles Guttman Community College at the City University of New York, every class will start the day with a short writing determined by the professor to encourage writing across the curriculum. Additionally, we will have a live Tweet Station in our Information Commons where students can sit and tweet ideas related to #writemycommunity. After tweeting, they will receive our third annual National Writing Day bracelet which reads, 'I’ll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours NWD 2014' which we are sure the students will love," NCTE member Lori Ungemah says.
  • Excelsior College will celebrate 'National Day on Writing' (October 20) with a webinar featuring renowned writer, NCTE member Doug Downs from Montana State University. His presentation, entitled “What We Tell Ourselves about Writing: Cultural Stories of Writing and Their Effects," will focus on the stories we tell about writing and the lessons we can learn from them.  In addition to the webinar, Excelsior College will celebrate the day with an essay contest for Excelsior College students and alumni. Visit the OWL for complete contest rules and more information about the prize!


North Dakota: 

  • NCTE member Karen Peirce of North Dakota State University (NDSU) tells us that NDSU will participate in the National Day on Writing. The celebration at NDSU is supported by the Undergraduate Center for Writers, the Department of English, and the NDSU Libraries, and includes the following events:

9:00am-5:00pm, “Found Poetry,” NDSU Department of English Facebook Page:  The NDSU Department of English will feature found poetry by students and faculty on its Facebook page. In found poetry, writers take "found" text from any source, like books, newspapers, and advertising, and remix it into a poem or image using erasure, centos, nets, and other techniques and forms. "Like" the department's Facebook page to receive the poems in your news feed throughout the day. 

10:00am-1:00pm, “Resources for Writers,” Lobby, Memorial Union:  The Undergraduate Center for Writers will staff a table in the lobby of the Memorial Union. The campus community will be able to learn about the services offered by the Center and to have fun with word games and writing activities.

10:00am-4:00pm, “EndNote Online/Cite While You Write Help Station,” First Floor, Main Library:  The NDSU Libraries will provide walk-up help for EndNote Online and Cite While You Write. You can use EndNote Online to organize your references and create lists. Cite While You Write is a plug-in for Microsoft Word that allows you to build your reference list as you write your paper.

3:00pm-4:00pm, “The Walk Across North Dakota and the Journey of Writing,” Mandan Room, Memorial Union:  The Undergraduate Center for Writers will host Gwen Hoberg, co-author of the travel memoir The Walk Across North Dakota, as she discusses hiking across North Dakota, the types of writing completed during the hikes, and the process involved in both self-publishing and traditional publishing. She will also read selections from her book. Space is limited and reservations are required. 


  • Writing Center Seeks Student Essays for "Berks B Believes" anthology:  In honor of the National Day on Writing, the Penn State Berks Writing Center, in collaboration with First-Year Seminar and the Learning Center, is soliciting student submissions for an in-house publication of "Berks Believes," an anthology of student-written essays that follow in the tradition of the "This I Believe" essay made famous by the 1950s radio show by the same name.
  • York College students will celebrate the National Day on Writing on Oct. 20 at the YCP Write Out. The College’s Writing Center is sponsoring a series of events in Spart’s Den (lower level of Iosue Student Union) from noon – 4 p.m.

    Noon -1 p.m. Writing on Campus:  Students will meet representatives from the Writing Center, Professional Writing Major and Minor, Creative Writing Minor, The York Review (YCP literary publication), Story (YCP magazine), the Bob Hoffman Writing Contest, and The Spartan (school paper). They are invited to join a magnet poetry competition, play literary telephone, and create blackout poetry.

    1 -2 p.m. “Write Out” Open Mic:  Students will share poetry or prose. (Limit six minutes per reading.)

    2 -3 p.m. Peer Review for The York Review and the Bob Hoffman Writing Contest:  Students will bring work they are interested in submitting to the literary publication The York Review or the Bob Hoffman Writing Contest.

     3 - 4 p.m. Story Chain with Sigma Tau Delta:

    Students will join members of the English honor society to create a digital, campus-wide story chain. @Sigma_YCP #YCPWriteOut14

    For more information: Megan Schoettler, York College Writing Center Assistant,



  • In honor of the National Day on Writing, the Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages at Texas Woman's University will host a letter writing and mail art station in our Student Union from 11-1 on Monday, 10/20. Visitors will be provided with materials to write and mail members of their community, and have the chance to explore a digital installation of resources and videos exploring the intersections of literature, history, and letter writing.


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Posted By: cbusser on 10/20/2014 9:14:23 AM

Georgia State University will be celebrating National Day on Writing by gathering 11 different literacy organizations on campus in the campus Courtyard. Among these organizations are GSU's literacy journals, Writing Studio, Library, ESL tutoring services, Graduate English Association, the school newspaper, and the Digital Literacy Archive. All organizations are tasked with promoting their work and engaging students with a literacy related activity.

Posted By: Anonymous User on 10/23/2012 6:15:22 PM

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Posted By: Anonymous User on 10/23/2012 3:08:15 PM

try to think of more poems and write more and more poems:)

Posted By: Anonymous User on 10/23/2012 3:06:23 PM

write more poems and think of more poems to write

Posted By: Lori on 10/18/2012 1:52:59 PM

To the Ball State English 103 class: See the calls for manuscripts and other submissions (poems, etc.) for NCTE journals (each journal has a "Write for" or "Submissions" page) at for possible publishing opportunities. And your students might be interested in these awards for college writers: Thank you for sharing!

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