Writing Sparks

Where do you find peace? When did you last consider the world of trees or birds or bugs? How do you think about time? These are only a few of the important questions writers can answer with these writing sparks.

The Morehead Writing Project and Just Write Virtual Writing Group held a writing marathon in honor of National Day On Writing. The invitation to write was drawn from the National Writing Project and National Parks Service collaboration #WriteOut! The 2022 #WriteOut collaboration invited writers to dive into the world of STEAM (STEAM=Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Writers were invited to make notebooks and investigate a series of sparks to fill its pages! We drew our marathon invitation from these sparks with one addition from Kentucky.

#WriteOut is intended to send writers out into the world to explore, learn, and write so we challenged our writers to do just that before we met. As we gathered via Zoom we shared those experiences and experiments and some of our favorite places to #WriteOut. I shared my personal favorite spot (the featured photo on this post was taken there). The Herb Botts Nature Park in Mt. Sterling, Ky., is a place where I often walk and write.

We then explored these nine sparks:

Writers can explore each spark in turn or take a marathon approach using our marathon invitation. Even though the 2022 #WriteOut has ended we hope that you will continue to WRITE OUT! Interested in learning more about writing marathons and hosting your own? Check out The Writing Marathon Deeper Dive in the Write Now Teacher Studio hosted by the National Writing Project. Come learn more about the writing marathon and learn how you can harness its power in your classroom as well as at your institution or organization.