Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Celebrate October 20th the Write Way: Write a Thanku!

Once again, we six Teaching Authors join writers everywhere in celebrating NCTE’s October 20th National Day on Writing.

Which prompts this Teaching Author to invite writers of all ages to celebrate, too – by contributing an original piece of writing to NCTE’s digitally archived National Gallery of Writing.

You could try writing something easy, like, say, a Thank You note.
The writer of a Thank You note knows his audience; he knows the purpose of his words; writing in first person allows his voice to ring true.
Also noteworthy: according to a recent study at Kent State University, people who composed short letters of gratitude reported a significant increase in their overall happiness.

Or, you could try writing something short, like, say, a haiku.
The three-line poetic form is so very doable. The first line has 5 syllables, the second 7, the third 5. Together the three lines paint a picture often associated with nature, but not always
Bob Raczka wrote Guykus.
Andrew Clements wrote Dogkus.
Last April, the American Library Association created Twaikus, or twittered haikus.

Even better, though?  You could write something easy and short.
You could write an original Thanku!

(I know, I know: it’s not even Friday! I apologize sincerely to my fellow TeachingAuthors and stellar poets, April and JoAnn.)

Googling “gratitude-themed haikus that go by the name Thanku” revealed none exist…
’til now, that is.
And the Good News is: a heartfelt Thanku can make (at least) two people happy – the writer and the reader.

Here’s the Thanku I wrote for My Writers - those I teach, those I coach and those who visit our TeachingAuthors blog.

             My teacher’s heart kvells*
             like any Jewish Mother’s.
             Such storied treasures!

Why not try your hand at writing this original poetic form, then post your three appreciative lines at NCTE’s Gallery of Writing.

Happy National Day on Writing!

Esther Hershenhorn


JoAnn Early Macken said...

What fun, Esther! I love the Thanku! I can't wait to try one of my own!

hosking said...

I love trying out new forms of poetry thank you. ;) I was able to teach a wonderful 4th grade class poetry last school year in April national poetry month.

Esther Hershenhorn said...

Thanks for being willing to try out this orignal form!
I think it's ripe for 4th graders.
Happy National Day of Writing!

Lori Degman said...

Thank you Esther H.
for sharing yourself with us.
You've touched countless lives!!

I know I speak for a zillion SCBWIers :-)

Carmela Martino said...

What a terrific, THANKU, Lori. And I heartily agree!

Lisa Ard said...

Thank you for the THANKU idea. Here's a link to my blog: Adventures in Writing & Publishing, and my THANKU to my grandmother...

Lisa Ard
Author of Fright Flight: Dream Seekers Book One