First of all a massive thank you to everyone who turned out for the events in Stockton on Saturday. It was great to meet some of you keen writers who are hoping to take part in the competition workshops and submit an entry later in the year. I know it was incredibly hot (certainly for me in the marquee – an extra blow was the chocolate seller had to pack up early as her stock was melting and I did’t get chance to buy any!) so kudos to those of you who are so dedicated to books, reading and writing that rather than spend one of our few precious sunny days at the seaside you attended the book fair!
So for those of you passionate about literature here is a good opportunity to get writing some of your own. And handily it saves you from one of my writing prompts on this blog by providing one for me!
The inaugural National Writing Day will take place on 21 June 2017. It’s a one-day national campaign to celebrate the power and pleasure of writing that is being organised by NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education). The aim is to get people writing on the day and to highlight ongoing work promoting creative writing across the year. So all those who have booked on one of the 3 Crossing the Tees creative writing sessions happening on Wednesday are already ahead of the game!
For National Writing Day NAWE are asking the public to share the View From My Window. Based on a simple writing technique, the activity will give people the chance to express their vision of the world around them, whatever that may look like. In order to encourage participation, NAWE hope to reach as many writers as possible and get them to tell write about what they ‘see’ when they look out of the window. All you have to do is follow these simple steps:
- Choose your window
- This can be a window in your home, from your daily commute, a famous landmark.
- Tell your story
- Write what you see. Interpret this in any way you like, beginning with the line, ‘The view from my window…’
- Share on social media
- Snap a photo of the view and share online with your favourite phrase from your story using #TellYourStory. You can also @WriteDay on Twitter or @NationalWritingDay on Instagram.
You can also follow this link to find out more about what’s going on and how you can get involved in the first ever National Writing Day https://www.nationalwritingday.org.uk