November 15th is I Love to Write Day which was started by John Riddle exactly 10 years ago. He says that while driving from his home in Delaware to the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s conference with his college-aged daughter, he told her “remember this day, November 15th, as I declare it as”I Love to Write Day.” Of course the journey to make this become a reality and into what it is today with over 30,000 schools participating with events to celebrate I Love to Write Day across the country is more than what Mr. Riddle said he could have expected!
He said he began by sending out press releases to media outlets across the United States as well as information to schools, bookstores and libraries. The response he said was way beyond his wildest dreams as over 11,000 schools across the country signed up to hold I Love to Write Day events and activities! This past year they had over 28,000 schools participate. Libraries, community centers, churches and even some malls also held ILTWD events. I love how a single idea can move so many people to do events and activities that encourage literacy. But Mr. Riddle says the phone didn’t stop ringing after USA Today published an interview with him to talk about this day he created. He says that “Governors of 9 states have officially proclaimed November 15 as I Love To Write Day in their states, and urge all of their residents to find time to write and celebrate the day,” and that “my goal for I Love To Write Day is simple: people of all ages are encouraged to write something. A poem, a letter, an essay, start a novel, finish a novel…the possibilities are endless!” (Source: www.ilovetowriteday.org).
As a writer I know the process can sometimes be intimidating – but with events like this that encourage children and adults to put words down on their computer or in a journal is a wonderful thing! The more one practices, the better you become. Mr. Riddle says that this day has ”the potential to launch the career of the next John Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King or Toni Morrison.”
Book App developers have joined with I Love to Write Day to present Apps With Curriculum: book apps that provide free curriculum for teachers. Among others, both “Penelope the Purple Pirate” and “Gerry the Giraffe” are participants in Apps With Curriculum with its educators’ curriculum: appswithcurriculum.com/curriculum. The curriculum provided by this Book App Library includes Reading Strategies, Smarty Activities, and Project-Based Learning.
To learn more about Mr. Riddle and I Love To Write Day visit: www.ilovetowriteday.org.
Here is Mr. Riddles Bio taken from the website:
John Riddle is a freelance writer and author from Bear, Delaware. His byline has appeared in major newspapers, magazines, Web sites and trade journals all across the country. He is the author of 34 books and has worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects. John is also the Founder of I Love To Write Day, a grassroots campaign he launched in 2002 to have people of all ages practice writing every November 15. Last year over 20,000 schools all across the United States held special I Love To Write Day events and activities. He is a frequent speaker at both Christian and secular writing conferences, and recently appeared at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. You can learn more about John by visiting www.ilovetowriteday.org