Monday, September 16, 2013

How are you celebrating the National Day on Writing?

Cathy Fleischer

The National Council of Teachers of English has established October 20 as the fifth annual National Day on Writing, a day designed “to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in and help make writers from all walks of life aware of their craft.” The Eastern Michigan Writing Project invites you to join us in celebrating that day—encouraging and honoring all the many forms of writing that you, your students, and your community practice. Let’s make southeastern Michigan a hub of writing activity by taking note of what, how, and why we write!

The EMWP has created several resources to inspire NDoW activities and to share what we’re doing.

• On Saturday, October 5, EMWP’s first Literacy for Life Saturday Session will be devoted to the National Day on Writing. Come try out activities and share your ideas for celebration. The session runs from 10-11:30, followed by a panel of college instructors from 11:30 to 12 who will talk about the ways NDoW supports college readiness. To register or learn more, contact Danielle Newby at

• EMWP has its own blog with ideas for activities and a space for sharing. Join us there:

You can also download more information and ideas here.

Make sure, also, to check out the resources offer by NCTE, including a twitter chat led by Penny Kittle and Sokolowski on October 20 at 8:00pm.

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