Write Out Week One: Discovering Stories, October 13-19, 2019

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Welcome to Write Out 2019

Discovering Stories is a guiding theme for this first week’s cycle of place-based activities. Look up, look out, look around. What do you notice that you haven’t seen before, or in a while? Where might you look? Online, in books and magazines, or in your local (or national) park, what might you see? Hidden stories, stories lost in time, stories in your own imagination.  Get up, go out, and write about it—#WriteOut!

Scheduled Events

While there are many self-directed activities suggested below there are also a few online activities scheduled during each week that provide an opportunity to virtually connect, live and “in person.” Additionally, some parks or Writing Project sites are hosting in-person events.  Tuesday October 15 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm ET—Video Hangout We will be joined by guest writer Catherine Stier, author of If I Were a Park Ranger, as we discover stories of place. Use this link to join (and email writeout@nwp.org if you run into issues). Thursday October 17 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm ET —Twitter Chat Join the conversation by simply going to Twitter and using the hashtag #WriteOut. Guided questions will focus on surfacing untold stories. Attend a Write Out Meet-Up, or consider hosting your own! Join the National Park Service and the National Writing Project in person for Write Out events in your area. Check this list to see what’s happening across the country from October 13–27.

Suggested Self-Guided Activities

Whether you have a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days to participate in Write Out, we hope you are inspired to create, have fun, and connect with new colleagues through a variety of experiences. Here are some suggested possibilities for participating this week grouped around the ideas of Explore, Create, and Connect. Choose your own adventure, and have fun with these!




Good luck with your journeys and discoveries, and enjoy celebrating the National Day on Writing!  — The Write Out Team