Educators, administrators, students, and writers interested in taking part in the social media event should mark their tweets with the hashtag #write2connect. Everyone, whether part of a school or not, is invited to participate and add to the Twitter conversation. In addition to this virtual celebration, many communities will host local celebrations.
For example, in Maryland, The Washington College Writing Center, the SGA, and representatives from student publications and groups will be hosting this year’s celebration of National Day on Writing in Hodson Hall. The Center will invite students to participate in activities and games that highlight the culture of writing at Washington College. (Read about the 2012 event.)
Montgomery College, a community college in Maryland, is also hosting several events at the Germantown Writing Center to celebrate the occasion. First, poetry and “status story” contests will be held on their Facebook page. These contests are open to all students and will be judged by members of faculty. Second, participants have gathered books and artifacts for a small exhibit on the history of writing instruments. Some additional resources are available on the Center’s blog. A Korean calligrapher, Myoung Won Kwon, will also demonstrate his talents. WID is also hosting several events across all three campuses where students will be responding extemporaneously to prompts.
As part of the celebration, NCTE has provided a list of resources, including tips for writers, which include determining what to write about, finding the process that works for you, beginning a piece of writing, connecting with your audience, organizing your work, getting unstuck and overcoming writer’s block, polishing your writing, selecting what to share with others, tips for parents: helping your teenager to write better, and tips for students: so you want to be a better writer?
Other resources include author podcasts, including Pat Mora, James Holden, and James Paterson to name a few, as well as reports and statements on writing and assessments, resources for students and families, and books from NCTE. See all resources here.
The following collaborators join NCTE for the 2013 celebration of the National Day on Writing: New York Times Learning Network, the National Writing Project and NWP’s Educator Innovator, Mozilla Hive, Graphite by Common Sense Media, Edutopia, Mozilla Webmaker, and National Novel Writing Month.