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2013 News & Blogs

eSchool News:  "National Writing Event Trending on Twitter: Educators Celebrate National Writing Day Online and with Social Media"

Susan Naomi Bernstein:  "Every Day a Writing Day

Britton Gildersleeve:   "waiting (impatiently!) for the National Day on Writing" and "Nimrod Saturday!"  

Judy Kozak:  "Celebrating National Day on Writing with Students

Angela Shetler:  "Writing Connections"  

Katherine Sokolowski:  "Celebrating the National Day on Writing," "National Day on Writing -- Write to Connect," and "Celebrating Writing -- Slice of Life

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.


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. 

Illinois:  NCTE member Amy Orvis's 7/8 grade humanities classes will spend the entire morning having writing circles, writing workshop, implementing writing activities from Kelly Gallagher and Ralph Fletcher, and celebrating and enjoying writing!

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

Maryland:  In Howard County, Maryland, The Little Patuxent Review through a partnership with the Howard County Public School System Gifted and Talented Education Program will be holding our first Middle School Writers Festival.  Through a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, professional writers will be leading workshops with middle school writers on interest-based topics and will be facilliating school-based groups as they work together as a writers' community learning strategies for revision.  The day will culminate in a reading and Open Mic session. 

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 

Michigan:   "Write-a-thon hosted on Diag for the National Day on Writing" at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

New York:  Literacy Matters (Hartford)  Students will have a display at a local community center; see "Class Is for Students Who Like Putting Thoughts on Paper"; a video of Lucia Davis, 13, of Rome, reading why she loves writing; and a video of Christina Moretz, 15, of New Hartford, telling why she writes.

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 Carolina:  "Students Reveal Deep Secrets to Each Other" at North Carolina State University

North Carolina:  "Faculty Celebrate National Day on Writing with Retreat" at Duke University

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.

Texas:  At Lee College in Baytown, in observation of the National Day on Writing we are asking students and faculties to write thank you notes to accompany care packages being sent to soldiers overseas. This will let the soldiers know that we appreciate their services and sacrifices to our country. The faculties will pass out the thank you cards to students during class time. We are hoping to have the packages arrive on Veterans Day.  This is our way of thanking our troops for their service.


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