Welcome to our #WritersByNight teachers’ club!

So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say… – Virginia Woolf

A couple of years ago, I was sharing some of my writing with my class, and as normal, they had an awful lot of questions to ask about my ‘writer’s life’.

I was telling them how I would often go home, after finishing up at school, and write. When all of a sudden, Charlie, who loved all things Marvel comics, told the class ‘He’s a teacher by day – but a writer by night!’ And so it stuck. Any writing I brought in from home there after was my ‘writer by night’ writing. Children started calling their writing that came in from home the same. It didn’t have to be written at night of course – but it was certainly writing that wasn’t done at school…and so our little #WritersByNight club was born.

This year, we would like to invite you to join the club!

The #WritersByNight Club

It’s a privilege to muck about in sentences all morning – Annie Dillard

With our friend Nicola Izibili from The Writing Web, we have set up a blog site especially for budding writer-teachers to write and share their writing together. You can take a look at it here.

Every Sunday morning, we will send out a #WritersByNight reminder on Twitter and Facebook where you can reply with a link to your writing and read other people’s. We’ve chosen Sunday as it gives you a deadline to aim for. The writing can be anything – fiction, non-fiction, personal narrative or poetry. It can even be as little as a dribble (20 words long). Whatever it is – just make sure you use the hashtag #WritersByNight when you share it!

There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are -Somerset Maugham

How Do I Start?

  1. Make an account on our #WritersByNight website.
  2. Write!
  3. Post your writing up on the website when it’s ready.
  4. Read and comment on another person’s writing.
  5. Celebrate publishing your work by sharing it on Twitter or on our Facebook group! Don’t forget to use the #WritersByNight hashtag.

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