National Day on Writing
Each fall, the Writing Program (WP) of Indiana University East (IUE) celebrates student writing by hosting our own version of the National Day on Writing. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) "established October 20 as The National Day on Writing" to highlight writing as a "lifelong process" for everyone, and to encourage its pursuit. NCTE's tweetup uses the hashtag: #WhyIWrite. IUE's tweetup hashtag is: #IUEWrites.
There is always a theme. Since IUE's OneBook project events fall on or near the National Day on Writing events, WP pairs our writing prompt with something gleaned from the OneBook.
In 2017, we coincided with the Creative Writing Program’s visiting writer ZZ Packer to discover “Why Words Matter” on our blog site located at https://wpiue.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/why-words-matter/ . Check out the conversation and feel free to contribute.
For 2016, IUE's Onebook is Steve Pemberton's "A Chance in the World" in which he tells his story of growing up in the foster care system, and how he survived an abusive childhood to create Self and find Home. Please join the conversation: https://wpiue.wordpress.com/.
2015: IUE added video messaging alongside the Twitter Wall. The theme was "Surviving the Bully: It Gets Better", and we asked participants to tweet out or do a video offering advice and encouragement to th0se who are survivors of bullying. Videos were to be streamed on our campus's Wolf Vision on the day of the Onebook events.
2014: IUE hosted a Twitter Wall in the campus' Graff center asking students to tweet about "why I write."