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.
’til now, that is.
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!