Academics and students share insights to mark National Writing Day
23 June 2020
Academics and students at Leeds Beckett University have shared several thought-provoking insights to mark the fourth annual National Writing Day.
The collection covers a wide range of topics from enhancing wellbeing and combating loneliness to compelling poems that consist of language used by the UK government during the Covid-19 pandemic.
National Writing Day celebrates the power and potential of creative writing, also aiming to inspire people of all ages and abilities to try it for fun and self-expression.
It was started by the charity First Story and the initiative places great value on inclusivity by encouraging all individuals across the UK to participate.
At Leeds Beckett, a number of academics are marking the day by sharing a collection of thoughts on the power of writing and language.
In the first offering, Leeds Love Letters Alexandra Thompson asserts that writing letters can help enhance wellbeing and alleviate loneliness.
Dr Oliver Bray then shares a series of compelling poems that consist of language used by the UK government during the Covid-19 pandemic.
For those looking for tips on starting creative writing, Dr James McGrath provides a useful and inspiring short guide on how to write creatively.
Lastly, Dr Thomas Dobson talks about the Story Makers Press Novel and virtually visits a primary school reading its first novel.
It’s hoped that each piece will inspire and help people discover new sentiments in regards to writing, storytelling, and language.