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Celebrate National Day On Writing

The National Writing Project, along with the New York Times Learning Network and Figment, are celebrating the National Day on Writing by exploring the question: “Why I Write.”

The National Day on Writing is Thursday, Oct. 20, but NWP-related activities will run through Oct. 29.

Students and teachers can celebrate by posting to FaceBook or Twitter (use the include the hashtag #whyiwrite) to help create a national conversation about writing. Post your reason for writing on your personal Facebook page as well as the MWP Facebook page so we can celebrate together.

Figment will be accepting submissions from student writers through Oct. 29. Since “Why I Write” is a celebration of writing, there are no prizes, but a curated anthology of selected submissions will be available as an e-book later this winter. Submit to Figment.

Teachers looking for inspiration for themselves or their students writers can use interviews and blog posts generated for the event. The New York Times Learning Network will present a series of interviews with reporters who cover a range of beats and explore their writing process. These interviews will serve as the basis for lesson plans, prompts for students, discussions, and inspiration. Edutopia will be celebrating “Why I Write” with a series of blogs by NWP writers. Each blog will then invite readers to share why they write with others in the Edutopia community.

On October 20 at 7 p.m. EST, the National Writing Project will air a live radio show to celebrate the National Day on Writing with interviews with New York Times education reporter Fernanda Santos, New York Times Learning Network editor Katherine Schulten, Figment founder and New Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear, Figment teen writers, and NWP teacher and author Ashley Hope Perez, among others.

Find more NWP resources including “Why I Write” essays on the NWP web site.

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