Why I Write: Young Writers Share Their Thoughts on Writing

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 11:30am

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl and Jacob Lewis (National Writing Project and Figment, 2013) 

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To celebrate the National Day on Writing (October 20, 2011), Figment, National Writing Project, The New York Times Learning Network, and Edutopia teamed up to present a festival of words and ideas that asked, Why Do You Write? It's a straightforward question with a million complicated answers. Here are 60 from young writers all around the country explaining why writing is so important to them.

Excerpt from the book:

"I write because I want to confront myself. I want to dredge up buried pieces of me and put them together in words. I want to show myself who I was, who I wish to be and who I am." 
- Louise Edwards

About the Authors
Elyse Eidman-Aadahl is the Director of National Programs and Site Development at the National Writing Project.
Jacob Lewis is the co-founder and CEO of Figment.