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2013 National Events

Read about the online and other events that took place to celebrate the 2013 National Day on Writing!


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.

Herndon High School, Herndon, VA:  "Write Here, Write Now"   


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, demonstrated 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).  Update:   "We had more than 50 responses during our live tweet-a-thon on and gave out 4 awesome prizes!" 

Pennsylvania:   At the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project at West Chester University, grad students revised piece by switching to new genre/same topic, new exp for many, some will try with own students #pawlpnews #nwp

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.


2012 News & Blogs

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 College, University, & Writing Project Celebrations

Alaska:  University of Alaska Fairbanks

California:  Redwood Writing Project (at Humboldt Public Library) 

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

Illinois:  National Louis University, Chicago; University of Illiinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Iowa:  University of Iowa 

Maryland:  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

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

Tennessee:  University of Tennessee, Knoxville & Picture Gallery 

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

Wisconson:  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 


2011 College, University, & Writing Project Celebrations

Photos from 2011 Celebration
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh

Alumna Author Janine De Tillio Cammarata Discusses Writing
The College of Saint Rose, October 25, 2011  (video)

Write About It
Marietta College, October 21, 2011

Front Range Community College Celebrates National Day on Writing
Front Range Community College, October 20, 2011

Writing Center Celebrates National Day on Writing
University of Nebraska at Omaha, October 20, 2011

Happy National Day on Writing!
Wesleyan University, October 20, 2011

GCU Hosts National Day on Writing Events
Georgia Court University, October 19, 2011

Writing Center Gets New Resources, Plans National Day on Writing Events
Francis Marion University, October 19, 2011

Activities Planned for National Day on Writing
North Dakota State University, October 13, 2011

Viewpoint: Celebrating Writing Day Requires Just a Pen or Keyboard
Baylor University, October 19, 2011

Writing Center to Hold First Adult Spelling Bee Wednesday
Central Michigan University Writing Center, October 18, 2011

Spartanburg Writing Project Conference, Oct. 20
University of South Carolina Upstate, October 18, 2011

Celebrating the National Day on Writing October 20 at ECU
East Carolina State University, October 13, 2011

National Day on Writing at Columbia College
YouTube, October 17, 2011  (video)

Day of Writing set at UW-Rock County
University of Wisconsin-Rock County, October 13, 2011

University to Celebrate National Letter Writing Day
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, October 14, 2011

National Day on Writing
Ball State University, October 12, 2011

Boulder County Campus Celebrates the National Day on Writing
Front Range Community College, October 13, 2011

MSU Writing Center Celebrates and Supports the National Day on Writing
Montana State University, October 12, 2011

Activities Planned for National Day on Writing
North Dakota State University, October 13, 2011

UC to Participate in the National Day on Writing
Utica College, October 5, 2011

National Day on Writing III
University of Vermont, October 15, 2011

October 20: National Day on Writing
Lehua Writing Project, University of Hawaii at Hilo, September 29, 2011

Maryland Voices Announces Writing Challenge on 10/20/11
Maryland Writing Project, September 30, 2011

2011 School & Community Celebrations

National Writing Day Sparks Creativity at Rahway HS
Rahway High School, New Jersey, October 24, 2011

Frederick Students Use Writing Day Assignment to Encourage Soldiers
Whittier Elementary School, Frederick, Maryland, October 21, 2011

Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English 2011 Writing Initiative
"Celebrate the Power of Teaching," October 20, 2011

Drury High School Participates in National Day on Writing
Drury High School, North Adams, Massachusetts, October 20, 2011

Writing on the Wall
Centennial High School, Franklin, Tennessee, October 2011

Novel, Poem, or Even a Text, October Is All about Writing
Reading Eagle, October 18, 2011

CHS English Classes Celebrate the National Day on Writing
Carrollton High School, Carrollton, Georgia, October 13, 2011

2011 News & Blogs

Blogging the National Day on Writing
The Learning Netwok blog, The New York Times, October 20, 2011

How Are You Celebrating National Day on Writing?
Education Week Teacher, October 20, 2011

Observe It Today: The National Day on Writing
PopCandy, USA Today, October 20, 2011

Why I Write: A Celebration of the National Day on Writing
National Writing Project, October 17, 2011

National Day on Writing 2011
The Brown Bookshelf United in Story blog, October 12, 2011

National Day on Writing, a Family Reunion, and a Thankyu
Teaching Authors blog, October 14, 2011

Thinking on Writing
Nancy Devine blog, October 7, 2011

Why I Write: A Celebration of the National Day on Writing
Creating a Path for Learning in the 21st Century blog, October 3, 2011

2010 & 2009 Invitations & Online Sites

Multilingual Poetry Reading to Celebrate the National Day on Writing (DePaul University)

National Day on Writing Celebration (Washington College)

When Writing Teachers Write IX (Missouri Western State University)

Writers Wanted: St. Clair College and University of Windsor Students and/or Alumni (St. Clair College and University of Windsor)

Lowcountry Writing Project (Charleston, SC)

National Day on Writing Is Oct 20 and WTWP Has Registered for a Gallery (West Tennessee Writing Project)

Kevin’s Meandering Mind: Go Ahead: Write (National Day on Writing), October 20, 2010 and Making Webcomics on the National Day on Writing, October 21, 2010

Americans Are Writing Like Never Before: Celebrate!

The English Roost (Centennial High School, Maryland)

Encourage Writing

Ursuline National Gallery Of Writing Is Still Open! (Ursuline College)

The Southwest Minnesota Writing Gallery is NOW Accepting Submissions (Southwest Minnesota State University)

Celebrate the National Day of Writing With At Home Writing (Literacy News)

2010 & 2009 Publicity & Plans

NWP Radio: Writing at the Center: The National Day on Writing

Writing Program Celebrates National Day on Writing (University of Denver)

Activities Planned for National Day on Writing (North Dakota State University)

Students Distribute Works throughout City to Celebrate National Day on Writing (Chelsea, MI)

Region 8 Students Celebrate Writing! (Jonesboro, AR)

5th Graders Learn from Write Stuff (Youngstown, OH)

NHS- Celebrates National Day on Writing (New Hope, PA)

Eastern Michigan University Writing Project (Ypsilanti, MI)

Indiana Partnership for Young Writers Flier

Carnegie Center Flyer and Photos

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