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#write2connect on the #dayonwriting

posted: 10.18.13 by Traci Gardner

It’s time to celebrate writing again. Sunday, October 20 marks the fifth National Day on Writing, an annual celebration that focuses on the importance of writing and the glorious variety of reasons and ways that we write. This year’s theme is write2connect. [read more]

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#whyiwrite

posted: 10.9.12 by Traci Gardner

With the National Day on Writing coming up on October 20, I wanted to take some time this month to think about writing and writers. This is the second of three posts on that topic.

Last year, people across the United States celebrated the National Day on Writing by sharing their own reasons for writing with the hashtag #whyiwrite. Even though I’m months late, I’d like to go ahead and add my reasons to the collection of responses. And since it’s me, why not do it in a list of ten? [read more]

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On Being a Writer

posted: 10.2.12 by Traci Gardner

With the National Day on Writing coming up on October 20, I wanted to take some time this month to think about writing and writers. This is the first of three posts on that topic.

It’s taken a long time for me to be able to describe myself as a writer. I’ve told people that I am a student, a teacher, a trainer, a software designer, a customer support rep, a Web manager, a curriculum designer, and an online content developer. In all those jobs, one of my primary responsibilities was to write, but I never told anyone that I was a writer.

A few days ago, I was chatting in a Linux chatroom and mentioned that I needed to get back to work. Someone asked what I was working on, and I replied that I was writing a blog post.

“You’re a writer?” he asked. I admitted that I am, and I began to wonder why I had never said it before.

As I was thinking about the National Day on Writing for this week’s post, I decided to reflect on being a writer, using some images that I made into this video:

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National Day on Writing

posted: 10.20.09 by archived

Today, the NCTE asks us to recognize “the remarkable variety of writing we engage in” by celebrating the National Day on Writing. Congress proclaimed that October 20th, 2009 would

  • celebrate the foundational place of writing in Americans’ personal, professional, and civic lives.
  • point to the importance of writing instruction and practice at every grade level, for every student and in every subject area from preschool through university.
  • emphasize the lifelong process of learning to write and composing for different audiences, purposes, and occasions.
  • recognize the scope and range of writing done by the American people and others.
  • honor the use of the full range of media for composing.
  • encourage Americans to write and enjoy and learn from the writing of others. (see more at “About the National Day on Writing“)

To give life to this celebration, the National Gallery of Writing–a national, digital archive of composition–opens its virtual doors today. The NCTE and its partners have already collected and posted submissions in their galleries that writers can use as inspiration. The Bedford/St. Martin’s Writers’ Room features thoughtful (and fun!) responses to the questions: What’s in the room where you write, and what does it say about you?

Visit the Gallery today and in the coming months to add your voice and to see how important writing is nationwide, especially as technology makes tools for digital composition more widely available. Start a gallery with your students to encourage them to explore and discover how they compose every day—inside and outside of the classroom.

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