National Encourage a Young Writer Day


By Sharon Schweitzer

Encourage a Young Writer Day allows budding and new writers to work on their writing. This day inspires and motivates these emerging writers to follow their passion and to practice their art. In 1987, author Barbara A. Lewis established Encourage a Young Writer Day to recognize and nurture the creative talents of young writers.

For the longest time, it was assumed that writing had been invented in a single civilization, in ancient Sumer specifically. This writing system worked and was then passed on by traders or merchants traveling across the world. However, the discovery of the scripts of ancient Mesoamerica, far away from Middle Eastern sources, proved that writing had been invented by multiple civilizations in different periods. Scholars now recognize that writing may have independently developed in at least four ancient civilizations — Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and in the area of Southern Mexico, and Guatemala. It was in ancient Egypt that the earliest solid evidence of Egyptian writing differs in structure and style from the Mesopotamian and must therefore have developed independently.

By 1300 B.C. there was evidence of a fully operational writing system in late Shang-dynasty China. There are also several places such as the Indus River Valley and Rapa Nui (Easter Island) where writing may have been invented, but it remains doubtful. Although these dates suggest that writing could have spread out from one central point of origin, there is little evidence of any links between these systems. Each system possesses unique qualities. Very little about the origins of writing is known and for this reason, it continues to be an exciting area of study.

Author of A Dirty Year, Bill Greer, gives this advice when it comes to writing: “To encourage young writers, I offer this bit of wisdom I picked up as an Internet entrepreneur and travel writer and which applied to both the business and the writing:  get as much advice and critique as you can from as many people as will give it, seriously mull it all over, then set it aside and do and write what you feel in your heart is right.”

Writing is an important skill to have for everyday life, as it is a part of almost any communication process we have.


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Sharon Schweitzer JD, is a diversity and inclusion consultant, cross-cultural trainer, etiquette expert, and the founder of Access to Culture. In addition to her accreditation in intercultural management from the HOFSTEDE Centre, she is an attorney and mediator. Sharon served as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie, on Nat Geo People. Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in International Business,  Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, won a coveted Kirkus Star, and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books. She’s a winner of numerous awards, including the British Airways International Trade Award at the Greater Austin Business Awards.

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