Today is the National Day on Writing, declared by the U.S. Senate to be a day in which:
- The National Council of Teachers of English, in conjunction with its many national and local partners, honors and celebrates the importance of writing.
- We celebrate the foundational place of writing in the personal, professional, and civic lives of the people of the United States.
- We provide an opportunity for individuals across the United States to share and exhibit their written works through the National Gallery of Writing.
- We highlight the importance of writing instruction and practice at every educational level and in every subject area.
- We emphasize the lifelong process of learning to write and compose for different audiences, purposes, and occasions.
- We honor the use of the full range of media for composing, from traditional tools like print, audio, and video, to Web 2.0 tools like blogs, wikis, and podcasts.
- All people of the United States are encouraged to write, as well as to enjoy and learn from the writing of others.
Today the New York Times’ The Learning Network (in association with the National Writing Project, Figment, and Edutopia) is asking Americans to log onto Twitter for a #WhatIWrite Twitterfest, in which people can share their stories and written works with others using the hastag #WhyIWrite.
Join the conversation and share what you write on Twitter!