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National Day on Writing

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  • WRITE.  Writing includes more than a pencil and pen.  It is any type of media that uses words such as texting, short notes, or editing video titles.    
  • SPEAK.  Talk to the classes you teach, community, service, or church groups you belong to, or journalists/media personalities you know about celebrating the National Day on Writing.   
  • CELEBRATE.  Organize a celebration of writing in your school, group or community on October 20, the National Day.  The list of plans forming up around the country is impressive—everything from writing marathons, to poetry slams, to journal read-ins, to post-it note plot schemes are in the works.  Get creative and make your celebration memorable! 
  • CONNECT.  Share your ideas and connect with others online at the National Gallery of Writing.  Become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter
  • SHARE the news that the U.S. Senate passed resolutions in 2009 and 2010 declaring October 20 the National Day on Writing.
  • SHARE.  Share your ideas and connect with others online at the National Gallery of Writing.  Become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter
  • ASK.  Ask your town officials, or legislators to proclaim October 20 as the National Day on Writing with this proclamation.

 Community Involvement

Your community, school, organizations, and family can get involved with the National Day on Writing in numerous ways including:

  • Host a Gallery Open House.
  • Conduct a Spoken Word/Poetry Slam Celebration.
  • Hold a Writers’ Showcase or “Composition of the Day” leading up to the National Day.
  • Invite well-known local/regional writers to share their writing processes and samples of their work at school or local group events.
  • Create a thematic writing event that focuses on a specific cause—this could include showcase chalk art, people writing on post-its or cut outs that could be posted on a wall or public display, graffiti art, letters to the military, writing about trauma or loss, etc.

Suggestions for where to hold Celebrations and Events:

  •  Libraries
  • Senior Citizen Halls/Residences
  • Coffee Shops
  • Boys and Girls Clubs and Organizations
  • Parent/Teacher Nights
  • Tech Showcases
  • Churches
  • Back to School Nights or Parent Open-Houses
  • Community Festivals or Events

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