Hello #NCTE20! We are a free, online writing community for teachers, & students ages 13–18. Competitions, a prompt library, *lots* of writing. Sign up below!
Joined on 5 August, 2013
Our Creative Nonfiction Competition is now open! We're asking students ages 13-18 to tell us a story from their 2020: from a moment of hope in lockdown to social justice movements in their community. Plus, the top two entries will be published on @thrive! Due December 8.
Isolation is endemic to teaching at the best of times; 2020 has only exaggerated it. #NCTE20 was a good reminder of what we need: community, sharing ideas and stories and hopes. Being in community will help us move from survival mode into a re-imagined, creative future. #NCTE2020
Our monthly writing competitions are judged by renowned experts in their field. Take Speechwriting (Oct '20), judged by Sarah Hurwitz, White House Speechwriter 2009–2017 & former Head Speechwriter for Michelle Obama. Sarah wrote this about the winner she selected: #NCTE20
Do your young writers like recognition & readers? Ours do! Here's some of the competitions we've run this year:
Sept: Historical Fiction
Aug: Flash Fiction
July: Letter Writing
June: Food Writing
Sign up to learn more. (It's free!)
The first step to getting kids to write their stories is getting them to realize SOMEONE is writing all the stories around us.
Write your story. Rewrite your own script.
Christopher Myers #NCTE20
Yes! When our young writers sign up at WtW, they immediately see a live feed of their peers publishing works from around the world. Some are marked "Seeking Peer Review," which serves as an invitation to get reading and get reviewing right away. Next: write your own! #NCTE20
Jason Reynolds says he had no sense of shame growing up. His Mom never spoke the language of shame or guilt. She was a friend to him growing up. She's a friend to this day, he says.
We're grateful to her. That concludes his interview at #NCTE20. Thank you @SSEdLib!
Jason Reynolds says his Mom believed in a different kind of rearing: Kids *had* to say "I can do anything" before bed each night. If they disagreed, they could say, but they had to do so with confidence & bring evidence. Highly prized the skill of public speaking. #NCTE20
"Can't nobody be white-hot forever...The truth is, I don't want to work this hard forever...I'm supposed to be ushering in new voices...Everyone's so scared to lose their spot. Only way you lose your spot is if you don't usher new voices into the arena." —Jason Reynolds, #NCTE20
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