18 June 2020 Share
Celebrate the power of writing
If your pupils are feeling inspired by the CKG winners encourage them to take part in this!
Led by the creative writing charity, First Story, National Writing Day is a coalition of literacy charities and publishers working to celebrate the power of writing. The partners are Arvon Foundation, Authorfy, Authors Copyright and Licencing Society, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, Drivers Youth Trust English and Media Centre, Hachette, National Literacy Trust, National Poetry Day and Penguin Random House. They have created an exciting resource to support young people writing. They’d like children and young people to be writers themselves, spurred on by their imagination and their own experiences, rather than ‘do’ writing. It’s about having fun with words, it’s about getting their voices heard.
National Writing Day is 24 June 2020 – originally timed at the end of term post SATS and exams, so it could be a whole school celebration.
The world has changed with COVID-19 and its looking like school won’t be back by then for most students. A lot of young people will be feeling very isolated as a result, so now is a good chance to express themselves and share what they have to say with other young people out there. The partners have adapted some of their superb resources for primary and secondary school students to use free, whether supported by teachers or parents. They will be available from Wednesday 29 April 2020 https://firststory.org.uk/writeday/
From making a picture book, to writing a football story, to Laura Dockrill’s 10 minute challenges, there is something for everyone.
First Story is launching a series of nine virtual writing tutorials with some experienced writers. Young people can write alongside a First Story writer and share their work on-line (#writefromhome).
Subscribe to https://firststory.org.uk/writeday/ and look out for more over the next few weeks. They’ll be encouraging a national moment of everyone writing together on National Writing Day 24 June 2020 in a seven minute free writing challenge.