I Love to write day

November 15th, 2008 will mark the seventh I Love To Write Day, a grassroots effort to have people of all ages practice their writing skills. Created by Delaware author John Riddle, I Love To Write Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to write something: a poem, an essay, a letter to the editor, a short story, start a novel, finish a novel the possibilities are endless!

"On the first I Love To Write Day, 11,328 schools all across the country held special writing events and activities. Last year, we signed up over 20,000 schools. This year our goal is to have an I Love To Write Day program in over 25,000 schools. Please help us spread the word: tell schools, libraries and bookstores in your community about I Love To Write Day".

How To Register

Help celebrate the “world’s largest party for writers” by signing up for the 2008 I Love To Write Day. It’s free! Register by sending an e-mail to ilovetowriteday@ilovetowriteday.org Include your name, hometown, occupation, and tell us how you learned about I Love To Write Day. If you are a student, tell us what grade you are in, and if your entire school will also be signing up. Keep watching our Website for new updates!

Questions and Answers from John Riddle, Founder of I Love To Write Day

As a freelance writer and author for the past 30 years, his byline has appeared in The Washington Post, The News Journal, The Middletown Transcript and dozens of other newspapers. He has written for over 50 magazines and trade journals, including Delaware Today, Charisma & Christian Life, Travel & Leisure, Home Life, Curriculum Administrator and others. He has also written for over 100 Websites, and is the author of 34 books, including Consulting Business, Streetwise Guide to Managing a Nonprofit Agency, The Story of the Pony Express, Getting a Book Contract in 30 Days or Less, and How I Made $66,270 in 9 Months Writing for Websites. He is a frequent presenter at writer's conferences all across the country, and last year spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. He lives in Bear, Delaware.

Why did you create I Love To Write Day?

"When I worked in the fundraising field a number of years ago I loved planning big special events. One time I tried to set the Guinness Book of World Records by having the most number of people dance the "Twist" in one location. I even got Chubby Checker to tape some Public Service Announcements to help promote the event. As a writer and author, I knew I needed a Website, and when I came up with the name I Love To Write.com, (that site has evolved into I Love To Write Day.org) it wasn't long before the idea of holding the 'world's largest party for writers' came about. I travel around the country teaching at writer's conferences and meet many people who love to write, but think they don't have the time to write. Now there will be a special day where everyone can write something."

What is your goal for I Love To Write Day?

"My goal for I Love To Write Day is to have people of all ages spend time writing. They can write a poem, a love letter, a greeting card, an essay, a short story, start a novel, finish a novel…the possibilities are endless. But I want people to take the time to put their thoughts down on paper. They will be amazed at the results. Writing can be fun, but also challenging. People need to be challenged, and writing is but one of many creative ways to express yourself. I am very excited because I Love To Write Day activities are already being planned all across the United States. For many people, that will be the beginning of their writing career. I Love To Write Day has the potential to launch the career of the next John Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King or Toni Morrison."

How can people become involved in I Love To Write Day?

"Everyone can get involved in I Love To Write Day. Just visit my Website, I Love To Write Day at www.ilovetowriteday.org and you will find suggestions and ideas on how to hold special I Love To Write Day activities in your community. There is a registration page, and I am encouraging everyone to sign up so that we can count how many people get involved in I Love To Write Day. People are also encouraged to spread the word about I Love To Write Day in their local communities."


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