A Writing Marathon is the realization of writing as a “moveable feast,” blending writing, a community of writers, and a journey through “place.” In the summer of 2020, eight local Writing Project sites invited anyone interested on a writers’ road trip through the NWP network’s Virtual Writing Marathon. Participants traveled the USA, all from home, writing all the way, and this summer, it’s happening again!

Summer 2021 #WriteAcrossAmerica

The #WriteAcrossAmerica Virtual Writing Marathon is open to anyone. Each stop on the itinerary will last 90 minutes and include an orientation by the local site to a place in their region or, perhaps, to a new conception of virtual space. Each stop on the itinerary will provide inspiration, time to write, time to share, and a sense of community.  Local stops will be facilitated by local teacher-leaders and welcome all kinds of writing and writers. We will be sharing our work with the hashtag #WriteAcrossAmerica.

Over the summer we hope to 

  1. Connect the NWP network and our wider set of colleagues through the simple act of writing together in community.
  2. Provide an opportunity for participants to “travel” in the time of Coronavirus and participate in a community of writers. 
  3. Learn about different places through writing. 
  4. Raise the collective visibility of the NWP network and our commitment to writing.
  5. Collect shareable resources for teachers to take their students on a virtual writing marathon in the fall.

2021 Summer Itinerary

Next stops on the marathon will take you North/South/East and West. Participation is free, but registering in advance helps the host site plan.

All visits are scheduled at 2:00-3:30pm PT / 3:00-4:30pm MT / 4:00-5:30pm CT / 5:00-6:30 ET

May 25
Louisville Writing Project (KY)
June 1Chippewa River Writing Project (MI)
June 8
South Mississippi Writing Project (MS)
June 15Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project (PA)
June 22 Ohio Writing Project (OH)
June 29University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Project (WI)
July 6Boise State Writing Project (ID)
July 13UCI Writing Project (CA)
July 20Prairie Lands Writing Project (MO)
July 27San Antonio Writing Project (TX)
August 3Eastern Michigan Writing Project (MI)
August 10Bay Area Writing Project (CA)

For Educators

The resources from last summer are still available if you would like to take your students on a Virtual Writing Marathon this school year. It is a great opportunity for students to practice writing, travel virtually, and build classroom community through “traveling” together and sharing writing. Here is a guide to support you.

If you do lead your students on a #WriteAcrossAmerica, we would like to hear about it! Register your Virtual Writing Marathon itinerary.

Learn More About Writing Marathons

The summer’s Virtual Marathon grows out of a long tradition of writing marathons at local sites and through the NWP network. The model was developed most richly in New Orleans at the Southeast Louisiana Writing Project. See their website for the New Orleans Writing Marathon. This website has the latest information about the New Orleans Writing Marathon Retreat as well as links to essays, books, radio programs, and more.

You can find resources here at WLL for planning your own ‘in-person marathon” (safety permitting, of course). See:

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