A Writing Marathon is the realization of writing as a “moveable feast,” blending writing, a community of writers, and a journey through “place.” This summer, when many of us are staying home, eight local writing projects are inviting you on a writers’ road trip through the NWP network’s Virtual Writing Marathon. You can travel the USA, all from home, writing all the way.
The journey starts June 16 in Madison, Wisconsin, hosted by the Greater Madison Writing Project at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and runs through mid-August.
The writing session lasts 75 minutes and will run from 4:00-5:15 Central Time. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants in advance of the session.
Your Travel Invitation
The #WriteAcrossAmerica Virtual Writing Marathon is open to anyone. Each stop on the itinerary will last 75 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
- Connect the NWP network and our wider set of colleagues through the simple act of writing together in community.
- Provide an opportunity for participants to “travel” in the time of Coronavirus and participate in a community of writers.
- Learn about different places through writing.
- Raise the collective visibility of the NWP network and our commitment to writing.
- Collect shareable resources for teachers to take their students on a virtual writing marathon in the fall.
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 2:00-3:15pm PT / 3:00-4:15pm MT / 4:00-5:15pm CT / 5:00-6:15 ET
|June 16 ||Madison Greater Madison Writing Project (WI)|
|June 23||Central Arizona Writing Project (AZ)|
|June 30||South Mississippi Writing Project (MS) – Share Your Writing Site|
|July 7||Morehead Writing Project (KY)|
|July 14||Red River Valley Writing Project (ND)|
|July 21||Hudson Valley Writing Project (NY)|
|July 28||Minnesota Writing Project (MN)|
|August 4||New Hampshire Writing Project (NH)|
|August 11||Greater New Orleans Writing Project (LA)|
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:
- Writing In The Community: The New Orleans Writing Marathon Model
- A Guide for Writing Marathon Leaders
- “I’m a Writer”: Essays on the Writing Marathon and Why We Write
- “New Orleans Writing Marathon Roundtable.” In Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, vol. 1 no. 2: this collection, available online, includes four essays from four different marathon leaders about writing marathon pedagogy
And two selections for sale at Lulu:
- The Writing Marathon: “In Good Company Revealed”: this collection from the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, edited by SLWP Director Richard Louth,
- Writing a Marathon: A Hands-On Guide to Creating and Implementing Successful Writing Marathons in Schools and Communities: this brief and handy guide, written by Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project TC Ellen Steigman