Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Americans are writing like never before: Celebrate!

Whether we call it texting, IMing, jotting a note, writing a letter, posting an email, blogging, making a video, building an electronic presentation, composing a memo, keeping a diary, or just pulling together a report, Americans are writing like never before.

Recent research suggests that writing, in its many forms, has become a daily practice for millions of Americans. It may be the quintessential 21st century skill. By collecting a cross-section of everyday writing through a National Gallery of Writing, it is hoped there will be a better understanding of what matters to writers today—and when writing really counts. Understanding who writes, when, how, to whom, and for what purposes will lead to production of improved resources for writers, better strategies to nurture and celebrate writers, and improved policy to support writing.

October 20, 2010 is the National Day on Writing. It is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. On that day, writers from every walk of life will pause to share their work. Communities across the nation are planning events to celebrate writing. For more information, visit the National Day on Writing website.

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