Words Matter Week 2013

Join us March 3-9, 2013 for a celebration of Words Matter Week! This year, we’re focusing on clarity of expression. The chosen quote is by John Ray:

Words Matter Week 2013

 

He that uses many words
for the explaining of any subject doth,
like the cuttlefish,
hide himself for the most part in his own ink.

Words Matter Week Blog Topic Suggestions

In previous years, we have offered a blog challenge, but for 2013, we are simply going to offer a few blog topic suggestions. We look forward to seeing what you write!

  1. If you had to eliminate one word or phrase from the English language, what would it be? Why?
  2. Writers are artists with words as their medium. What author is your favorite word stylist?
  3. What person in your life helped you understand the importance of choosing words carefully? What would you say to them if you met them today?

 

If you choose to blog for Words Matter Week, please include an image of the poster (right-click and select “save as”) and link to the URL of this post. Also, please leave a comment with link below, so that others can find your post.

Free Downloadable Poster

You may download a letter-size PDF copy of the poster for any use:

2013-words-matter-week-poster

Additional Suggestions for How to Participate

Get Ready for Words Matter Week 2012

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Rudyard Kipling for Words Matter Week 2012It’s time to focus on words once again, and in preparation for the Words Matter Week 2012 celebration, we’ve uploaded a new poster. You are welcome to print it, post it, distribute it, and otherwise use it, as long as you leave it intact. If you’d like to link back to this site, please use http://WordsMatterWeek.com to get directly to our home page.

Words Matter Week takes place March 4-10, 2012.

The quote for this year is by Rudyard Kipling:

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Rudyard Kipling

 If you decide to blog on this quote, please be sure to link back to this post.

Over the course of Words Matter Week, we invite you to blog on the questions below.

Monday
Writers craft words into memorable phrases, stories, poems and plays. Who are the writers who make your heart sing? Why?

Tuesday
What word, said or unsaid, has or could change your life? How?

Wednesday
Communication breaks down when words are misused. What is the funniest or worst break-down you’ve ever observed?

Thursday
What person in your life helped you understand the importance of choosing words carefully? What would you say to them if you met them today?

Friday
If you had to eliminate one word or phrase from the English language, what would it be? Why?

Each blogger who posts responses to all five questions will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift card from Amazon (nothing better than books for a word-lover!). The winner will be announced in the next issue of The Edge, NAIWE’s e-mail newsletter (if you don’t receive it yet, you may subscribe at NAIWE.com.

When you compose your challenge post, remember to write it on your own blog, and include a link to the post with the specific question. When you publish your post, come back to this stie and leave the title of your blog response and a link to your blog in the comments section of the post you are answering. As always, we look forward to reading your responses

Get Ready for Words Matter Week 2011!

Words Matter Week 2011 poster from NAIWE.com

Words Matter Week will be held March 6-12, 2011. The Words Matter quote for the 2011 event is:

Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.

Hermann Hesse

We’ve posted the 2011 Words Matter Week downloadable poster, and you’re welcome to copy and share the image on your own website. You may also download, print, and post the poster anywhere you choose. Just be sure to link back to this site (http://WordsMatterWeek.com), so that your readers can learn more about the event.

The Blog Challenge Questions for each day will be posted in a new post on the blog (just go to http://wordsmatter.naiwe.com to see the individual question posted in the most recent post). For each day of the blog challenge, post a response on your blog, then come back the Words Matter blog and leave the title of your post and a link in the comment section of the challenge post. You may write your posts ahead and schedule them to appear on the appropriate day of the challenge.

If you write a post for each day’s topic (a total of five posts), you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate. We’ll announce the winner in the April issue of The Edge.

Blog Challenge Questions

Monday, March 7

Is there a word that has changed, or could change your life? What is it, and what difference would it make?

Tuesday, March 8

Words can change history. What speech or document do you believe to be most important. Why?

Wednesday, March 9

What is your favorite quote about words? Why?

Thursday, March 10

Words can be mangled, misused, or misunderstood. What is your funniest example of mangling, misuse, or misunderstanding?

Friday, March 11

Words, like moths, are captured by writers who pin them to the page in various forms. What writer’s work most deftly captivates you? Why?

Remember, don’t leave your links on this post. Instead, wait for the challenge post to appear on the blog (it will show up shortly after midnight on its appointed day), then post your title, link, and comment in the comment area for that post.