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National Writing Day: Here’s how you can get involved

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C.S. Lewis says 'you can make anything by writing' as its process is boundless, empowering and expressive.

His statement and literary legacy, among many other writers, is a primary influence for National Writing Day: the annual celebration of writing that looks to encourage young people across the UK to write more through a range of public, educational and online activities, because 'everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power.'

Lauren Child, author of the critically-acclaimed children’s stories Charlie and Lola, will mark the beginning of this year’s events on the 27th June with a speech addressing the All-Party Writers Group (APWG) at the House of Commons. Child aims to emphasise the need for creativity in children and young people because, according to the coordinators of National Writing Day First Party, a national literacy charity, ‘creative writing connects people to their own voice, their own language and their own story.’

Supporters of First Day and Lauren Child who are engaging in this year’s National Writing Day include: Teach First, The National Literacy Trust, BBC’s Writer’s Room, Old Possum’s Practical Trust, and the Arts Council England.

The power of creative writing goes further than strengthening the imagination, and has proven effects of educational growth, building wellbeing and boosting confidence through self-expression. Here’s how you can get involved…

Community

Festival of Thought at the Stamford Well Academy, East Midlands, 9:00am-3:00pm: Literacy workshops for primary schools and writing competitions for adults. A collection of poems and talks from Holocaust survivors inspired by their experiences.

Write to Lunch with Samira Mahfouz at the Free Word Centre, London, 1:00pm-2:00pm: Samira Mahfouz, award-winning poet, playwright and writer will give a workshop to inspire new and experienced writers to develop creative writing.

Arkbound Celebrate National Writing Day at Bristol Central Writing Day, 2:00pm-6:45pm: A workshop with Amanda Thomas, historical-nonfiction author, on book publishing. 

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 Online

Write Away!, 9:00am-12:00pm: A free writing task to compose a short piece inspired by the line ‘I feel most free when…’ and shared on social media using the hashtags #nationalwritingday and #writeaway.

Creative Writing Masterclass with Maz Evans: www.authorfy.com/nationalwritingday. Maz Evans, whose debut children’s novel Who Let the Gods Out? has shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018, invites people to a masterclass of extract readings, Q&As and writing challenges.

Ask a Poet: http://www.ministryofstories.org/. Ask Nick Makoha, a professional writer and poet questions about creative writing, being a poet and have the opportunity to share your own writing. (The audience is made up of students from schools across the country.)

School and Workplace

Voyages of Discovery: Non-fiction Workshop at Greneway School, Royston, 8:45am-12:05pm: Writer Graham Palmer will prepare a workshop for Years 5-8 students at Greneway School to discover and create their own nonfiction.

Women of Words: Spoken Word Poetry Performance at BBC Radio Humberside and Open Centre: Women of Words will be performing work on stage, with broadcasters invited to participate in a National Writing Day writing exercise and have the opportunity to find out more about National Writing Day and First Story’s work in the city.

For more information on National Writing Day and other events visit: https://www.nationalwritingday.org.uk

 

 

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