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2013 Events


Arizona:  Arizona College, Mesa   

Colorado:  Twin Peaks Charter Academy (TPCA), Longmont (just to the north of Denver), will be holding our first ever community writing night in accordance with the National Day on Writing on Thursday, October 17th, from 6 to 8 PM. We are in the early planning stages of this event, but teachers are on board, the PTO is on board, now it's time to get the community on board. 

Kentucky:  Morehead Writing Project and Morehead State University & throughout Eastern Kentucky

Maryland:  The Washington College Writing Center, the SGA, and representatives from student publications and writing groups will be hosting this year’s celebration of National Day on Writing in Hodson Hall.  We'll invite students to participate in activities and games that highlight the vibrant culture of writing here at Washington College.  (Read about our 2012 event.)

Maryland:  Montgomery College, a community college in Maryland, is hosting several events at the Germantown Writing Center to celebrate the occasion. First, poetry and “status story” contests will be held on our Facebook page. These contests are open to all students and will be judged by members of our faculty. Second, I have gathered some books and artifacts for a small exhibit on the history of writing instruments. Some additional resources I have gathered are available on our blog. Last, and perhaps most exciting, a Korean calligrapher, Myoung Won Kwon, will demonstrate his talents on Monday, October 21 at 2 PM. WID is also hosting several events across all three campuses where students will be responding extemporaneously to writing prompts. Desserts will be served!

Michigan:  Eastern Michigan University Writing Project 

New York:  Literacy Matters (Hartford)  Students will have a display at a local community center.

New York:  Stella and Charles Guttman Community College (New York)  Students and faculty received the following invitation from the Office of Academic Affairs to talk part in this year's National Day on Writing:

This years' theme for the National Day of Writing activities is  “Write to Connect.” The official date of National Writing Day is Sunday, October 20. On Monday, October 21, we will make stickers available to you that you may hand out in your classes.

Please spend a few minutes on Friday, Saturday (for Saturday classes), or Monday in both your second year and first year courses talking about the ways writing helps us to connect/communicate. Feel free to write your own prompt. Our goal is to show students that we are a community of writers!

Paul Naish has written the following prompts for this year's celebration. The activity is a five minute writing activity with an additional five minutes for students to text the message, email or snail mail!

Prompt:  In honor of National Writing Day, take five minutes to write a message to someone you know—or someone you don’t know.

  • Write to a family member you take for granted and express how much that person helps you.
  • Write to a relative or friend who doesn’t live in New York and tell that person you miss him or her.
  • Write to someone who encouraged or inspired you and say thank you.
  • Write to a public official with a suggestion or a concern.
  • Take five more minutes and send the message by text, email, or snail mail.

Thanks for helping us to make National Writing Day a tradition at Guttman!!

North Dakota:  The North Dakota State University Center for Writers has a full day of events planned, including a Workplace Writing workshop.

Pennsylvania:  The Indiana University of Pennsylvania WAC program and Writing Center are hosting a live streaming of the tweets 12-2 pm on October 21 in the library (@IUP_WAC).

Pennsylvania:  On Monday, Oct. 21, the Penn State Brandywine Writing Studio, in coordination with the English Department and student literary magazine, Penn In Hand, will host activities about writing in the Main Building and Vairo Library.


2013 Blogs

Britton Gildersleeve:  waiting (impatiently!) for the National Day on Writing 

Katherine Sokolowski:  Celebrating the National Day on Writing 

National Writing Project:  "Write to Connect: 2013 National Day on Writing" The National Writing Project and its Educator Innovator Network — along with the National Council of Teachers of English, the New York Times Learning Network, and a host of other collaborators — are encouraging us to take to Twitter to speak out about how writing helps us connect.


Note: News of 2013 events will be added as we receive them!


See news about the 2012 National Day on Writing
and about celebrations that took place across the country!

The New York Times: The Learning Network blog post "Encourage Authentic Writing with #WhatIWrite and #NaNoWriMo" (October 4, 2012) introduces the October 19-20 Tweet-out #WhatIWrite and encourages participation in this year's National Day on Writing.

National Writing Project "Why I Write": The NWP has joined NCTE, The New York Times Learning Network, and others to collect the thoughts of people from all walks of life—scientists, reporters, poets, teachers, and students—to discover what they write.

School Library Journal:  Tweet What You Write!

Education Week:  "Celebrating Writing, Digital and Otherwise" and "Writing: Practice What You Teach


2012 Celebrations at Colleges & Universities across the US:

University of Alaska Fairbanks 

Redwood Writing Project (at Humboldt Public Library) 

Community College of Aurora 
Fort Lewis College, Durango  
Front Range Community College, Boulder County 

National Louis University, Chicago     
University of Illiinois at Urbana-Champaign 

University of Iowa 

Montgomery College, Montgomery County

New York
The New Community College at The City University of New York 
The College of Saint Rose, Albany & Graduate Admissions Blog

North Carolina
East Carolina University, Greenville   

North Dakota
North Dakota State University, Fargo 

Indiana University of PA
Lafayette College, Easton 
Cairn University, Langhorne 

University of Tennessee, Knoxville & Picture Gallery 

Texas Lutheran University, Seguin & TLU YouTube video 
University of Texas, Arlington 

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 


Additional Events: 

Scholastic, Inc., Facebook Chat with Ruth Culham, Oct. 17
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting 
Kids Invited to Write about Environment for Contest:  Hyde Park, NY, October 6, 2012  



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