National Writing Day 2020

National Writing Day is an annual and nationwide celebration of creative writing, designed to inspire people cross the UK to home in on their writing skills. 

Whether you enjoy poetry, story writing, song writing or playwriting, the aim of National Writing Day is to commemorate all forms and styles of writing. 

24th June 2020 marks the fourth year of National Writing Day and aims promotes the power of creative writing on a much grander scale, encouraging all people of all ages to put pen to paper.  Whether you’re back in the classroom or home schooling, children and adults across the nation can take part. 

This year’s initiative sees the launch of the simple writing call to action: #247challenge.  As we gradually emerge from the lockdown and adjust to the “new norm”, there has never been a more significant time to use your words to express yourself. 

There are a number of resources available, to enable you to take part in National Writing Day: 

The #247challenge. Create a unity of freedom and most of all fun.  Be a part of bringing pupils, teachers, parents, carers and anyone else who wants to be involved together to enjoy writing. 

  • Write a 24-word story on a piece of paper, or you could even record a video. Starting with the phrase ‘One day…
  • Take a photo of your story, or take a photo of yourself with your writing 
  • Share your original writing pieces via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #247challenge.
  • Tag three of your friends. 

If you’re looking for additional guidance and inspiration for the #247challenge, take a look at this Parents’ Guide and Teachers’ Guide along with a range of activity sheets and templates readily available to you. Grab your pen and get started.   

First Story, the pioneer of National Writing Day and one of England’s leading creative writing charities, works with a number of partners, all dedicated to changing lives through writing. The National Writing Day partners have created a raft of quality creative writing resources suitable for both the primary and secondary curriculum. 

Or why not take a look at this amazing series of video tutorials led by a variety of writers, focused on specific themes. 

National Literacy Trust is a leading independent charity and just one of the fifty-five official supporting partners of National Writing Day. The Trust provides a bank of resources suitable for early years, primary and secondary education. 

The National Literacy Trust have rounded up some of their favourite activities for both primary and secondary pupils to help you celebrate National Writing Day at home. 

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), another National Writing Day partner has put together some useful resources to help you celebrate. So, whether you’re in the classroom or taking on home learning projects, you’ll learn how to create an interactive story and how to write from your own experience.

The primary resource looks at the Power of Pictures work, using Viviane Schwarz's ‘Is there a dog in this book?’ (Walker). 

The secondary resource looks at PoetryLine resources, using Steven Camden's ‘Everything All At Once’ (MacMillan) 

If you’re still searching for more creative writing ideas, take a look at these 6 Winning Creative Writing Exercises for Secondary School Students.

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