The Write Path - international collaborative writing
The Write Path started in 2008 as a 24 hour celebration of International School Libraries day which in my opinion is not celebrated enough in the U.K. I asked 5 established children's authors to write the first paragraph of a story and those paragraphs then travelled around the world by email to places as diverse as Louisiana and Newcastle where students aged 11/12 worked on adding a next paragraph to them for an hour. A few schools also had video calls to discuss their favourite books and I was up at 1.30a.m. in my pyjamas talking to wonderful boys and girls in Beijing.
The project has proved very engaging for students and has engendered a lot of interest from colleagues worldwide which has meant that in subsequent years the whole concept has had to be much expanded. The Write Path is now run via a separate website and all of the administration, communication and the running of the event happens via this site. Over 60 poets and authors donated first paragraphs or stanzas last year and students from more than 40 schools contributed to the writing. 6 stories or poems are worked on each day and the first paragraphs/stanzas being posted as blog posts early each morning. Continuations are posted as comments on the blog so it's possible to see the tales forming during each day, as in this example on the previous Write Path site http://bit.ly/AaUtS5
Twitter updates are regularly posted to a hashtag and each school/group receives a copy of the book after the event.
All of the Write Path stories and poems are published in proper books each year and the young people are really thrilled to see their names in print. Please do have a look around the website and contact me if you are interested in participating this year.
Literacy, School Libraries & Digital Media Consultant