Mapping, Place, Collaboration, I Can't Draw Bikes, and SUMMER: The NWP/NPS Summer #WriteOut

Today, I want to take a moment to introduce you to the NWP/NPS summer 2018 #writeout and invite you to a party.

First, watch the video. It'll take 1 minute.
Ok. You've watched it now, right? Here's what I did to make that: I set my phone on a tripod with some rulers attached and filmed myself drawing in time-lapse mode. I realized I needed some signs to explain what I was doing, so I drew the signs on paper and took photos. 

I airdropped the videos and photos to my computer, and then I used iMovie to put it all together. For the music, I went to CCmixter, a website where musicians post music that's often free for sharing (with proper attribution... you'll see mine on the last slide of the video). 

All in all, it took me about an hour to make. I got a little caught in the weeds because I realized mid-drawing that I don't know how to draw a bicycle and because I was annoyed that I couldn't figure out how to fade out the music.
And the reason I'm telling you all this? Because it's one interpretation of how you might take part in this summer's #WriteOut, an open online learning adventure that's being co-sponsored by the National Writing Project and National Parks Service from July 15-29. 

The #WriteOut will be organized into two make cycles that last about a week each, although you can join in at any time. There will be writing/making prompts centered on place and mapping that will be pushed out via newsletter each week, and there will be ways to connect virtually with other participants via a Twitter hangout and an live broadcast of an online hangout. 

You can join in for as much or as little as you want, and you can choose to be as tech-heavy or tech-light as you want.

For those in NH who want to take part and also want to have an in-person community for inspiration, collaboration, and connectivity, the Community Literacy Center will host two Make Parties (definitions: parties for making things) during the #WriteOut. We'll meet on Monday, July 16 and Monday, July 23 from 10-12. At the parties, we'll have lots of art supplies and inspirations for mapping and writing.

You can sign up for one or both parties. You can create digital work. You can create analog work. You can create literal maps. You can create metaphorical maps. You can make flat maps. You can make 3D maps. You can have a LOT of fun.

Also, although the #WriteOut is geared at adults, making maps is FUN, and children with an accompanying adult are 100% welcome at the CLC's Make Parties. Because maps.

Some information:
Sign up for the #WriteOut here.
Sign up for the Make Parties here.
Read an Edducator Innovator blog post about #WriteOut here.
Listen to a podcast about #WriteOut here.

Can't wait to see you there!!!