Let Them Loose! National Writing Day 2017

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:

  1. The writing must be a response to one of three mystery stimuli. (It’s worth noting now that you will need to be able to display instructions on a projector or IWB, or have time to photocopy a single page.)
  2. Teachers are not to intervene in what their students write in any way, beyond helping anyone who is stuck to get going.
  3. The writing is not to be polished and redrafted, but simply submitted for exhibition as it is spontaneously produced.
  4. Wherever possible, teachers should write alongside their students and feel free to send in their own writing.
  5. 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 send them to us between 9.30 a.m. on the morning of National Writing Day, Wednesday 21st June, and 5pm the following day. Instructions about the different ways that you can submit photographs can be found here. We would also welcome photos of whole classes – maybe even a whole school! – hard at work on their unguided writing, so long as individual students are not clearly identifiable. The selected work will then be displayed for all to see.


The Exhibition

We will be using the following hastags on both Twitter and Instagram: #EMCLetThemLoose and #YourSchoolName (e.g. #CamdenHigh and #LeedsGrammar)