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#whatiwrite: National Day on Writing

Written by Christina Cantrill
October 03, 2012

What do you write or compose? Blog posts? Poems? Videos? Grocery lists, computer code, or song lyrics? Whatever you write, on Friday, October 19, use the hashtag #whatiwrite to share your compositions with the world as part of this year’s National Day on Writing.

Join the Celebration

“What I Write” builds upon the success of last year’s “Why I Write” social media campaign, during which thousands of people—youth, educators, published authors—tweeted out their many reasons for writing. This year, the National Writing Project is again collaborating with the National Council of Teachers of English, The New York Times Learning Network, The Office of Letters and Light, Edutopia, and others, this time to encourage everyone to share their actual writing in all its forms via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, or NWP Connect.

When tweeting out links to your compositions, include the hashtag #whatiwrite. If you have space, consider including the hashtags #nwp and #dayonwriting. Also include the #whatiwrite hashtag on Google+ and Instagram posts, and as a tag for your own blog or NWP Connect posts.


Participating in the National Day on Writing has become a tradition among Writing Project sites, and although the officially recognized day falls on a Saturday this year, schools are encouraged to celebrate during the week before or after October 20.

At the National Writing Project we believe that writing, in its many forms, is the signature means of communication in the 21st century. We envision a future where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner, and active participant in a digital, interconnected world.

Resources to Get You Started


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