Write Out Week 2: Sharing Stories

WriteOut 2019-10-21

October 20–27, 2019

Happy National Day on Writing

Happy National Day on Writing everyone! We hope you have enjoyed participating in #writeout activities so far, including our first video hangout and our first Twitter chat. We have been inspired and energized by the many shared stories and live events that have emerged from Week One of Write Out. Here are just a few highlights of the #WriteOut explorations so far:

Composed by a high-school student in Texas.Illustrated by a teacher in New Jersey.Painted by a 7th-grader in Philadelphia.Posted by educators in North Dakota.Imagined by a 3rd-grader in San Diego.

We also notice a range of live events in New Jersey at Pine Barrens Forest Education Resource Center; in Connecticut at Weir Farm National Historic Site; and in Kentucky at Daniel Boone National Forest. These were among the places that provided opportunities for teachers and others to gather to explore and write together, as the first days of Write Out unfolded. More live events are planned for this weekend, as part of the National Day on Writing. And nearly 100 people have contributed to the crowd-sourced Write Out/Where We’re From poetry project—check it out!

Week 2: Sharing Stories

As we launch our second week on this National Day on Writing, we invite you to delve into our theme: Sharing Stories. This means continuing to get out and about, while beginning to explore connections to the work of your fellow Write Out adventurers. We also hope this second week will provide  an opportunity for you to reflect, through your writing, on the stories places tell.

Scheduled Events

While there are many self-directed activities suggested below, there are also a few activities scheduled during the week that provide an opportunity to connect live and “in person. Tuesday, October 22 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm ET—Video Hangout This week, we will focus on sharing stories of place and take a look at some of the exciting work that emerged in Week One. We will be joined by guest-writer Amy Price Azano (a Connecticut Writing Project educator), and Rich Novack for an insider perspective on the group annotation of Amy’s English Journal article, “A Place for Local in Critical Global Literacies.” On October 22, use this link to join the hangout (and email writeout@nwp.org if you run into issues). Thursday, October 24 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm ET—Twitter Chat Join the conversation by simply going to Twitter and using the hashtag #WriteOut. Questions will guide us to dig deeper into place-based learning and its role in education, as well as explore the successes and challenges of sharing this type of work. 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!




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