It is not too early to begin planning for the ninth annual I Love To Write Day on November 15. People of all ages are encouraged to write something: a poem, a love letter, a greeting card, an essay, a letter to the editor, a short story, start a novel, finish a novel,–the possibilities are endless!
On the first I Love To Write Day in 2002, 11,328 schools all across the country held special writing events and activities. Last year, this grassroots effort signed up over 22,000 schools. This year the goal is to have an I Love To Write Day program in over 25,000 schools. Bookstores, libraries, community centers and everyday people can also join in the fun.
“My goal for I Love To Write Day is to have people of all ages spend time writing,” says its founder, Delaware author John Riddle. “I want people to take the time to put their thoughts down on paper. They will be amazed at the results. Writing can be fun, but also challenging. People need to be challenged, and writing is but one of many creative ways to express yourself. I am very excited because I Love To Write Day activities are already being planned all across the United States. When people become stronger writers, they become better communicators, and everyone wins.”
So what can you do to celebrate this day?
• Make sure your local school is planning special writing activities for Monday, November 15 at all grade levels. In 2008, Mary-Lane Kamberg published the The I Love To Write Book: Ideas and Tips for Young Writers. Here are six sample exercises from that book. An I Love To Write Day information packet is available to schools. Write to [email protected]
• Write to your state governor and ask him or her to recognize I Love To Write Day. In past years, governors from Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Texas “officially proclaimed” November 15 I Love To Write Day. Here is the official statement from Ruth Ann Minner when she was Governor of Delaware.
• Offer to conduct a workshop at your local library or senior center to encourage adults to write. Talk to the audience about what it takes to become a published writer and author. Talk about the importance of writing, and how it is never too late to start writing.
• Spread the word about I Love To Write Day. Contact local schools, bookstores, libraries and writing groups in your hometown. Tell your local newspaper and radio stations.
• Register your participation by sending an email to [email protected] Include your name, hometown, occupation, and tell how you learned about I Love To Write Day and a creative idea or a suggestion for an I Love To Write Day activity. If you are a student, tell what grade you are in, and if your entire school will also be signing up.
• NEW this Year. You can nominate your school, classroom, teacher or a student for an “I Love to Write Day Award of Excellence.” Click here for details.