Tuesday, October 20, 2020 is the National Day on Writing, an annual celebration established by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The University of Mary Washington is observing this day in socially distanced fashion through digital writing and writing about the pandemic, which necessitates our socially distanced activities.
UMW’s Department of English and Linguistics, Simpson Library, the UMW Writing Center, Honors, and others invite you to share online why you write (using the hashtag #WhyIWrite) and by composing 6-10 word stories about life during the pandemic. For more information, follow Simpson’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and respond to their prompts. You can also add your thoughts and comments to Simpson’s Call to Contribute page and document your experiences during COVID-19; for more information, see their web page.
Professor Brenta Blevins, of the Department of English and Linguistics, has developed a short video on the physical and emotional benefits of expressive writing and therapeutic writing strategies. For more information, see:
Email Professor Blevins for additional information.