The National Council of Teachers of English wants to acknowledge and celebrate the integral nature of writing.
You know, writing, that thing we do with words and ideas, sometimes involving paper and/or computer screens? From stories to poems, letters to emails, post-its to tweets, we all write. To drive this point home, the NCTE has named October 20, 2009 the National Day on Writing. They’re also urging Congress to pass a resolution declaring the same.
But how can you, individual writer and interested person of the world, get involved?
The day is mainly geared toward educational entities, but that doesn’t mean individual artists can’t get in on the action. Do you have any connections to a local school or library? Contact them, let them know about this day, and propose a writing workshop or event. If you teach, you can create a gallery for your students’ compositions on the NCTE’s online gallery of writing (or contribute your own). Or just use this as your excuse to forgo cleaning the garage – a clean garage, pah! – and write like crazy with your writing mechanism of choice (elaborately plumed fountain pen, anyone?) on 10/20.
Mass Humanities is coordinating volunteer efforts for Massachusetts writers, so if you’re interested in contributing your energy and expertise, let them know.
Check other ideas about how to get involved, and keep writing.
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