Encourage Writing

Here are a few ways to encourage your students as writers.

October 20 is The National Day on Writing created by NCTE.

In light of the significance of writing in our national life, to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives, October 20, 2010, will be celebrated as The National Day on Writing. — from the website

Make plans now to celebrate on October 20 with your students. You may also want to consider submitting to the National Gallery of Writing and giving your students an opportunity to do so too.

NaNoWriMo is this November. National Novel Writing Month encourages participants to write an entire 50,000 word novel from start to finish in a month’s time. The idea here is quantity and completion — not quality!

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.

Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

— from the website

NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Program is for 17 year old and younger writers who can set their own word count for the month of November. (NaNoWriMo is open to anyone 13+ who wants to write 50,000 words.) Last year 35,000 young writers participated! You can register your class (there are some great resources) or students can register individually. Even if you’re not planning to participate, you should still check out the website!