How Do You Write Community?

Write Your Community: That is the challenge made by the 2014 National Day on Writing on Monday, Oct. 20. The Morehead Writing Project took this challenge very seriously. We work hard to write our community as well as create a community of writers whenever two or more writers are gathered in our name.

We are particularly excited by how this will play out during our regional observation of National Day on Writing which began a few days before the national event and will continue into November because this allows us to honor ourselves as connected educators as well as writers and demonstrate how connections make writing more fulfilling and more fun.

We are calling our NDOW event Celebrating Writing Eastern Kentucky and we will bookend the celebration with two of our biggest events. We kicked off with our Fall 2014 Teen Writers Day Out on Oct. 16 and we will wrap up with our Writing Eastern Kentucky Conference on Saturday, Nov. 8. We are creating a variety of communities through our events, with our partners, and online with the goal to create a larger community of writers spanning our region and celebrates writing and writers in Eastern Kentucky.

This community of writers will be multi-faceted. It will include the young writers at Tygart Creek Elementary School taught by Kristen Easterling, Keri Flannery, Lynsey Varney, and Candy Zeigler. It includes the 242 teen writers from seven regional high schools brought to our Fall 2014 Teen Writers Day Out by Leslie Workman of Bath County High School, Mandy Lawson of Sheldon Clark High School, Brandie Trent of Fleming County High School, Kim Barnes of Montgomery County High School, Jessica Craft of Boyd County High School, Lindsay Johnson of Rowan County High School, and Misty Johnson of West Carter High School. It includes the faculty, staff, and students posting on the graffiti walls hosted by our Morehead State University campus partners: the Camden-Carroll Library, College of Education, Department of Communication, Media, and Leadership Studies, Department of English and Epsilon Mu, and the Tutoring and Learning Center as well as community partners: CoffeeTree Books and Gateway Center for the Arts. Last, but certainly not least, our community of Eastern Kentucky writers will include both writers and those who teach writers during our 2014 Writing Eastern Kentucky Conference.

Throughout Celebrating Writing Eastern Kentucky we will engage in discussions about writing, creative writing, and word play over three rounds of writing activities. Our first round included the #NDOW theme of #WriteMyCommunity, #Micropoetry, and #6word stories. We are just kicking off our second round with discussions of why and what we write, #FlashFiction, and #Memes. We will wrap up by exploring the idea of #Write2Connect, create digital stories, and play with the how-to theme.

We are writing our community and celebrating our community of writers because we know how important writing is to help us learn and grow as humans as well as lifelong learners. How did you and are you writing your community?

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