It’s ‘Why I Write’ Day: How To Participate

If you’re a teacher, student, blogger, or someone who sends messages, you’re a writer. That’s the impetus behind ‘Why I Write’ day (which is today, 10/20/11!). Everyone is encouraged to share their reasons for writing. There’s a myriad of different ways to share your reasons and they’re listed below.

My Submission

Here’s why I write: I write to share my thoughts, brainstorm, and basically try to share what I’m working on with the world. Thanks to Edudemic and my full-time job, I have two very powerful avenues to share those thoughts with others. I love putting my ideas and research out into the world and seeing what comes back. More often than not, the return is greater than the amount of effort put into the writing. In other words, I write for myself and others.

I majored in anthropology and somehow ended up in finance, then overnight production of local morning news, then higher education. I would die a happy man if I were able to stay in higher ed for the rest of my days. It’s an amazing environment that is always churning out new solutions to old problems. I love that.

Why do you write?

How To Participate

1) Share your story on the Edudemic Facebook page or down in the comments. I’ll be picking out your responses and sharing them in an upcoming Edudemic post. You can also tweet using the #whyiwrite hashtag and I’ll pick out tweets from there as well.

2) New York Times Learning Network: 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. More ›

3) Edutopia: 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. These conversations will take place on the Edutopia.org website and within our communities on Twitter and Facebook. More ›

4) NWP Radio: 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. More ›

YouTube Channel

“Why I Write” Videos
A collection of videos on “Why I Write” as part of the National Writing Project’s celebration of the National Day on Writing on October 20. Poets, musicians, actors, and others reveal why they write.

Classroom Exercise

Why Do I Do This?
In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Lucy Snowe discusses how she uses Terry Tempest Williams’ essay in her introductory class in creative nonfiction. After some discussion of the essay, she asks the students to follow Williams’s model and write a sentence that begins with “I write.”

Other Resources

NWP Sites Ready to Celebrate 2010 National Day on Writing
In joining with NCTE and others for the National Day on Writing, NWP, along with its sites, celebrates the Writing Project’s mission of promoting writing and the teaching of writing.

NWP Radio: Writing at the Center: The National Day on Writing
We’ll hear about plans for this year’s National Day on Writing and visit with guests who will talk about how they hold on to the fundamental experience of writing in the midst of their teaching and scholarship about writing.

National Gallery of Writing Launched to Celebrate First National Day on Writing
As part of the National Day of Writing, the National Council of Teachers of English along with 19 national partners opened the National Gallery of Writing. The Gallery features galleries by the NWP, local writing project sites, teachers, and community partners.

How Local Sites Can Participate in the National Day on Writing
As part of the celebration of the National Day on Writing, local writing project sites can create their own galleries featuring the writing of teachers, students, and community members, to be included as part of the National Gallery of Writing.