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WriteOut

Thank You for Participating in Write Out

As many of you expressed, it may be more important than ever to get outside and write, to sit in communion with others and tell stories, and to create with what is in front of us and then give that back to the world.

Write Out, therefore, is not going away but is simply going to stay put for a while and breathe, allowing us all to catch our breath and reflect on what is possible. The resources gathered, including the prompts from Park Rangers, storytelling assets, bookshelf and writing marathon resources, are here for your continued use and remix. Share via the #writeout hashtag and tag us at @writeoutconnect—we are excited to see what you still will do. And don’t forget, the Park Rangers and Storytellers would love to receive postcards or letters in response to their writing prompts!

Here is some inspiration from writers, students, teachers, and Park Rangers from across the country to help keep you going…

Plus a couple special shout outs to the @NorrisTigers and @NewTechCoppell for their constant sharing every year with #writeout—3-years running!

And a final thank you to the number of National Park Service Parks from across this vast country that added their place and prompts into the mix.

Finally, here are quick links to the Write Out 2020 resources still available for your use and remix:

Browse Write Out Bookshelf

Pull a few books or stories off the Write Out Bookshelves to take to your gathering. Featuring a collection of Indigenous Authors, these shelves are filled with stories of nature, national parks, writing outside, and more.

Build Safe Campfires

With Stories Around the Campfire as our theme, we gathered a few things that might be helpful, whether you are creating your gatherings inside, outside, or online.

Place-Based Writing Resources

Over time, Write Out educators have gathered many resources to support writing outside, place-based education, and National Park Service links to support place-based work and writing. Check out the growing collection and find readings, podcasts, and more.

Keep Connecting

Join the Write Out Facebook Group, keep sharing, and remember, if you search #writeout on social media, you will see all the great things parks, teachers, and participants have contributed.

Tell Us What You Think

We are thrilled by all the amazing #WriteOut activity we could see online and want your help to learn more about what happened in your local communities, schools, and parks. We also value your input on Write Out for its future development. Below is a link to a short survey. If you’d like to send us any resources that we could share for future events, please email them to writeout@nwp.org.

Thank you for your time and contributions.

With roasted marshmallows on our minds, until next year,
— The Write Out Team

Welcome to Week Two of Write Out 2020

The second week of Write Out begins today, October 18th and will run through to the end of Sunday the 25th. We want to start off celebrating all the wonderful shares over this past week, and also get ready for this week’s big day—The National Day on Writing on October 20th.

Below are more resources to use at your own pace this week—we have new daily prompts from National Park Service Rangers, stories to share and tell from more amazing storytellers, and writing marathon fun. Also, we will feature the KC Storytellers during Wednesday night’s broadcast event for teachers on October 21 at 7p ET/6p CT/4p PT.

We will end the week with an open-to-all Camp Fireside Chat gathering to celebrate Write Out 2020 on Thursday at 7p ET/6p CT/4p PT. Let us know if you are interested in participating!

Keep sharing your writing and connecting with others via the #writeout hashtag—find each other on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. And remember, even if you have just 5 minutes this week, 2 hours one day, or can spend a whole week ahead with us, that’s perfect! We look forward to connecting with you.

Ready? Let’s go…

Inspirations from Week One

More Sparks and Stories for Week Two

Daily Sparks: Writing Prompts with Rangers

Fun daily writing prompt videos to inspire your writing. Respond to the prompts online via #writeout or send a postcard back to the Rangers; they can’t wait to hear from all of you!

Gather Around: Listen to a Story and Make Your Own

Storytelling/storymaking resources for use by your students or park visitors. Share your response and stories online via #writeout or send a postcard/email back to the Storytellers; they can’t wait to hear from all of you!

Writing Marathons for National Day on Writing, Tuesday October 20

To celebrate National Day on Writing, many Writing Project sites, National Parks, and others are holding writing marathons—face-to-face or online! Learn more about how to create a writing marathon, hear from colleagues about writing marathons they have designed, and take the marathon ethos of “I am a writer” into your learning and teaching context. And don’t forget, when posting on the National Day on Writing, use hashtags #whyiwrite in addition to #writeout.

Browse Write Out Bookshelf

Pull a few books or stories off the Write Out Bookshelves to take to your gathering. Featuring a collection of Indigenous Authors, these shelves are filled with stories of nature, national parks, writing outside, and more.

Build Safe Campfires

With Stories Around the Campfire as our theme, we gathered a few things that might be helpful, whether you are creating your gatherings inside, outside, or online.

Place-Based Writing Resources

Over time, Write Out educators have gathered many resources to support writing outside, place-based education, and National Park Service links to support place-based work and writing. Check out the growing collection and find readings, podcasts, and more.

Share #WriteOut Socials and Postcards

Follow and share with the #writeout hashtag on social media and tap into conversations happening at @writeoutconnect and the Write Out Facebook Group. We also have printable postcards available with addresses for Rangers and Storytellers.