An EMC exhibition of unguided writing for National Writing Day
You are cordially invited to exhibit!
Young people today are full of brilliant and imaginative ideas. The official curriculum doesn’t always give them the freedom to express those ideas in just the way that they want. So this is your chance to let them loose!
To celebrate National Writing Day, the English and Media Centre is hosting an exhibition of ‘unguided’ writing by secondary students, aged 11-18, and their teachers. We will exhibit on our website a range of the most interesting writing that we receive on the day, under the following guidelines:
- The writing must be a response to one of three mystery stimuli sent out to schools on our mailing list on the morning of National Writing Day.
- Teachers are not to intervene in what their students write in any way, beyond helping anyone who is stuck to get going.
- The writing is not to be polished and redrafted, but simply submitted for exhibition as it is spontaneously produced.
- Wherever possible, teachers should write alongside their students and feel free to send in their own writing.
- The writing should be completed in 30 – 45 minutes.
We want the exhibition to be as spontaneous as the writing, so we would like teachers to take photographs of completed work and either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to our Twitter account @EngMediaCentre between 9.30 on the morning of the National Writing Day, Wednesday 21st June, and 5pm the following day. We would also welcome photos of whole classes – maybe even a whole school! – hard at work on their unguided writing. The work will then remain indefinitely on the website for all to see.
This is free activity for all secondary teachers across the UK. Please contact EMC directly at email@example.com to be added to our mailing list and receive stimuli on the morning of the exhibition.
Keep an eye out for further details on our Twitter account @EngMediaCentre and our website, www.englishandmedia.co.uk .