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.

For Educators

The Summer 2020 marathon has concluded, but the resources are still here, 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.

Summer 2020 #WriteAcrossAmerica

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:

  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.

    2020 Summer Itinerary

    Stops on the marathon took participants to the North/South/East and West. Participation was free.

    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: Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (LA) (100min)