October 20th is the National Day on Writing

October 20th is the National Day on Writing, an initiative implemented by the National Council of Teachers of English to draw attention to the importance writing has in our lives. Without noticing it, so many of us write every day. We write text messages, social media posts, and emails without so much as a second thought toward the level of effort it takes to produce those messages because of the ease of technology. 

This day is a great way for writing instructors to express to their students the meaning writing has and will continue to have in their daily lives. While the National Day on Writing is an opportunity for writing instructors to highlight the significance of writing in our lives, this day can engage people from all walks of life.

The George Mason University community of writers will celebrate the National Day on Writing on Friday, October 19 through a Tweetathon. Michelle LaFrance, Director, and Tom Polk, Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum would like for the George Mason community to make as big a splash as they made on social media last year. They are asking instructors to get their classes to tweet as a community building experience. But this activity is also welcomed from individuals or campus groups who might not be involved in classes on this day.

The official hashtag is #whyiwrite. Tweeters can share advice about writing, clever tactics for writing, or neat writing tricks. Individuals can tweet @GeorgeMasonU the week of October 15, and the WAC team will retweet the content. Groups/classes can email wac@gmu.edu with tweets, photos and links and the team will retweet them directly through Mason’s account.

The WAC team will set up booths in the Fenwick Atrium or outside of the Johnson Center. Be sure to stop by to talk to them about writing. Happy National Day on Writing!