Tuesday, October 20th is the National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). It is a day to celebrate the many ways we use writing to live more fully and think more freely. If you would like to earn some bonus points, follow these directions:

  • Think honestly and seriously about why you write – and I don’t mean just for school! Do you write poetry or song lyrics? Make lists? Write to communicate with others? Think about the underlying reasons that motivate you to write.
  • Come up with a statement in 140 characters or less that sums it up. Your tweet can be serious, poetic, mysterious, funny, informative, or creative in any way you’d like. The only two restrictions are:
    • it must be school-appropriate, and
    • it may not be along the lines of “because I have to” or “to pass English class.”
  • Tweet your statement @Ms_Neville , and use the hashtag #WhyIWrite. You will earn up to five bonus points for doing this.
  • You may do this TWICE (a different tweet each time, of course) for up to 10 bonus points.
  • THIS IS DUE BY 11:59 PM ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20th. No exceptions.

If you are not a Twitter user, that’s fine – you are not excluded from this opportunity. Simply write or type your statement and turn it in to me via email ( or a hard copy.

Have fun!