October 20th has been officially recognized as the National Day on Writing by the US Senate since 2009. How can you celebrate writing on this day?
You could read selections or contribute your own to The National Gallery of Writing, available through the National Council of Teachers of English.
You could tune into the National Writing Project’s radio show titled “Why I Write” by visiting here at 5pm CST.
If you have a twitter account, you could help #whyiwrite become a trending topic by expressing your motivations for writing in 140 characters or less.
DePaul is also hosting writing-focused programming to celebrate the National Day on Writing!
If you are in the Chicago area, you could visit the “Gallery of Writers Display” that will be at the Lincoln Park and Loop Student Centers. Posters representing writers from different DePaul offices and departments will showcase “what writing means to them and what kinds of writing they do.”
As part of the Writing and Rhetoric Across Borders International speaker series, a talk entitled “Belles Lettres to Rhetorical Genre Studies: Writing Studies and Rhetoric in Canada 1900 -2000” will be given by University of Alberta Professor Roger Graves in SAC (2320 N. Kenmore, Chicago) in Room 254 at 6pm.
If you cannot commit to participating in one of the above, simply approach your routine daily writing tasks (be it emailing, blogging, journaling, or even texting) with a mindfulness of the day.